Acupuncture Benefits - Acupuncture Demysitified
These days most people have heard about acupuncture, but do you know what it actually is, how it works and how it could benefit you?
Acupuncture is a safe, effective, drug-free therapy without harmful side effects. A patient will have a treatment plan tailored specifically to suit their needs by the Dr.
Patients often find acupuncture and Chinese medicine benefits them in unexpected ways. For example, they may be more energetic, more relaxed, sleep better, feel less anxious and depressed, or generally feel better overall.
The following is a brief summary that will demystify Acupuncture and show you how an ancient science can be a safe and effective treatment in a modern world.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient practice in which very fine needles are inserted into the skin at strategic points on the body to relieve pain and treat disease.
The Chinese developed acupuncture centuries ago in accordance with the theory that energy flows through channels between the surface of the body and the bodies internal organs. Stimulating the acupoints clears energy blockages and encourages the normal flow of 'qi' (or energy) in the body.
Acupuncture consists of 2,000 points located on the human body. These points are located on 12 main and eight secondary “meridians” or channels (specific lines or pathways around the human body that connect the internal organs energy with the body surface).
Pain and disease are the result of these channels becoming blocked, so, by placing needles into these blockages it allows healthy energy to be restored and normal function to return.
Natural, drug free pain relief
Western medicine’s view is that the placement of acupuncture needles at specific pain points will force the release of endorphins and opioids (the body’s natural painkillers). Acupuncture increases the production of ones immune system cells (speeding healing and recovery) as well as the production of neurotransmitters and neurohormones in the brain. Research has now shown that there is evidence that stimulating acupuncture points enables electromagnetic signals to be relayed at a greater rate resulting in strong drug free pain relief, a reduction in any inflammatory condition and an increase in the blood circulation to diseased areas of the body.
When pain is relieved, patients feel a greater sense of well-being overall, physically and emotionally. As a result, they will heal faster, perform better and be able to continue a healthy active lifestyle.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as effective in treating the following:
- musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis
- low back pain
- frozen shoulder
- tennis elbow
- sporting injuries such as sprained ankles and knees
- cartilage problems
- corking and tearing of muscles
- torn ligaments and bruises
It is common to feel very relaxed after an acupuncture treatment - this may last for several days. This is due to the brain releasing feel good chemicals that are the basis of pain relief and a sense of good well being.