Acupuncture-All Facts You Need To Know
Have you ever tried acupuncture for your ailments? Too scared of the needle? Well, here are a few things about acupuncture that you should know.
It does not hurt
Yes, the very thought of acupuncture makes you go “ouch” right? You need not fear at all and go ahead with your acupuncture session. Acupuncture needles are different from medical needles. How? They are very small, conical and smooth. They do not cut the skin as they have no sharp edge or hole inside. In certain places like the lower back, people don’t even feel the needles.
It makes one feel high
During the acupuncture treatment, some people feel drugged. The main reason of this is that the body responds to the insertion of needles by releasing certain feel good hormones and neurotransmitters that provide feelings of well being along with easing muscle tension and pain.
It does not leave a scar behind
According to popular belief, people feel that by undergoing an acupuncture treatment, they may get permanent scars. It does not happen to everyone, though some people have a little bruising or bleeding but it does cause scarring.
Acupuncture has been there for thousands of years
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. It is believed to have originated in China. Scientists say that they must have used sharpened stones and bones for acupuncture which dates back to 6000 BC. Count the years and that is a whooping 8000 years. The first documented description of the acupuncture treatment dates back to 100 BC and appears in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine.
It can help treat acne
Several trials have found that acupuncture can treat and prevent acne. This is possible due to its ability to fight inflammation and strengthen the immune system.
Helps in weight loss
A research published recently has found that one can lose weight with ear acupuncture. According to acupuncture philosophies there is a link connecting the ear to the stomach, endocrine system, sleep and at last the appetite.
Acupuncture is not the same everywhere
Acupuncture techniques vary from place to place and the philosophy behind the treatment. In Eastern traditions, needles are placed along the body’s meridians. (These meridians are a web-like system of channels that enable moving the energy throughout the body). On the other hand in European traditions the energy is addressed in a general manner. Some practitioners of acupuncture treat ailments by inserting needles in the affected area whereas others believe in inserting needles in the ear or scalp.
Required no of sessions vary
Some people have to undergo 3 to 10 treatment sessions to get their issues resolved but there are some who need only one to two sessions to get relief. There are a few who need get treatments for years together.
It not clearly known how acupuncture works
A lot of effects on specific individuals are known. It is known that acupuncture affects the immune system and has an effect on pain transmission at the spinal cord level. This activates various areas of the brain. Doctors say that any real meta theory to explain how all this happens is not available.
I feel this post has helped in providing you with the right basic information of acupuncture. If you are advised this for your ailment, don’t shy away from it!
Ready for acupuncture?
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