Acupu ncture is a traditio nal Chines e medical technique for unblocking chi (ch'i or qi) by inserting needles at particular points on the body to balance the opposing forces of yin and yang. Chi is an energy that allegedly permeates all things. It is believed to flow through the body along 14 main pathways called meridians. When yin and yang are in harmony, chi flows freely within the body and a person is healthy. When a person is sick, diseased, or injured, there is an obstruction of chi along one of the meridians. Traditional Chinese medicine has identified some 500 specific points where needles are to be inserted for specific effects.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture began to become better known in the United States in 1971, when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after surgery.
The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.
Incidentally, acupuncture is gradually becoming more acceptable as a form of treatment, so it’s worth finding out if your insurance will cover it.
There are also many useful sources of acupuncture information online. Websites can be especially useful when finding out how a particular affliction or problem responds to acupuncture treatment. Some conditions are better treated by acupuncture than others, including respiratory and digestive problems.
If you are considering having acupuncture treatment for a physical or mental ailment, your first task should be to find some relevant acupuncture information.
The best acupuncture information you can possibly get is from people you know who have had treatment in the past. Which practice did they visit? Were the staff members helpful? How long did their treatment last? What acupuncture information did they receive from the practitioner who treated them?
You should also find out about the likely cost of any treatment you might have. Any reputable acupuncturist should be able to give you an estimated total for your treatment, taking into account how many visits will be required to achieve your desired results. This kind of acupuncture information should always be obtained before you agree to begin treatment.
There is also plenty of acupuncture information available that will help to educate you about acupuncture and how it works. It’s a good idea to find out as much as you can before you visit an acupuncturist for two reasons. Firstly, you will be able to understand more of what they tell you when you already possess a basic understanding of acupuncture. Secondly, you will be better placed to ask relevant questions when you know a little about how the treatment works.
Acupuncture treatment not only takes care of the body, it treats the mind and soul as well. Do a search online to find out more about this method of whole body treatment before selecting an acupuncturist you feel you could work with.
That way, you will arrive for your appointment armed with acupuncture information that will help you seek the treatment you require.
Acupuncturists are more visible than they used to be, with practices now set up in many major towns and cities. Finding an acupuncturist shouldn’t be too difficult, but it’s advisable to do some research first to see exactly what services are offered.
Firstly you should ask yourself what condition you want to have treated. Some practices specialise in providing treatments aimed at specific medical conditions or ailments. For example, there are now several acupuncturists who offer services aimed at resolving fertility issues.
Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment. This is why it is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitioner.
A variation of traditional acupuncture is called auriculotherapy or ear acupuncture. It is a method of diagnosis and treatment based on the unsubstantiated belief that the ear is the map of the bodily organs. For example, a problem with an organ such as the liver is to be treated by sticking a needle into a certain point on the ear that is supposed to be the corresponding point for that organ. Similar notions about a part of the body being an organ map are held by those who practice iridology [the iris is the map of the body] and reflexology [the foot is the map of the body]. Staplepuncture, a variation of auriculotherapy, puts staples at key points on the ear hoping to do such things as help people stop smoking.
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