The ancient technique of acupuncture, which uses ultra thin needles placed in specific, purposeful locations on your body, has many benefits including keeping you healthy and helping to combat ailments which may be present in your body.
In fact, if you ever ask an acupuncturist “What is acupuncture good for?” it is quite likely that their response would be “Well, almost anything!” A practiced and well trained acupuncturist knows where to place the needles for optimum healing. They also know what areas to avoid, making acupuncture a safe method of therapeutic healing. There are many diseases, disorders and ailments that can be treated using acupuncture.
What is Acupuncture Good For?
There are many health conditions that have been treated successfully using acupuncture techniques. Stimulating various meridian points has been shown to relieve various afflictions. Some diseases, disorders or illnesses that have shown to react positively from the use of acupuncture are:
Chronic back pain – Energy healing philosophy believes that chronic back pain is due to blockages and built up energy in the back. Sufferers of chronic back pain find that acupuncture can relieve back pain. The needles stimulate the energy within specific meridians and remove the blockage resulting in relief from pain.
Acne – Acupuncture has been shown to help clear up acne and promote health skin. Skin disorders of other varieties such as eczema or psoriasis may be effectively treated with acupuncture techniques as well.
Allergies – Acupuncture has been successful in treating disorders, such as allergies and asthma, within the upper respiratory system.
Digestive issues as well as urinary disorders have been effectively treated via acupuncture.
Treat the corresponding pressure point with acupuncture and migraines will be released and suffering alleviated.
Acupuncture has also been shown to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders.
Other Complimentary Therapies
Acupuncture is even more effective when combined with other traditional eastern and western practices. Reiki, massage, and therapeutic touch are but a few examples of complimentary modalities using energy work to compliment acupuncture treatments. The use of prescription medications or over the counter supplements is a form of the traditional western practice that works well to complement acupuncture therapy.
As an example, if your were being treated for tennis elbow, you might see an acupuncturist for treatment, take anti-inflammatory medications to reduce the pain and inflammation, see a massage therapist for muscle tension, and/or visit a physical therapist for recommendations on exercise techniques to relieve the pain and strengthen the muscles.
Another complimentary therapy that some acupuncturist use themselves is a practice called Moxibustion therapy. Moxibustion therapy uses heat, from smoldering mugwort, to treat specific disorders using the same meridian points that are used when inserting needles.
The needles and the mugwort may be used simultaneously or independently from each other. An acupuncturist who uses Moxibustion therapy will know when to apply this technique for maximum benefit from the healing session.
When surgical procedures, which can be very hard and tiring to your body, are necessary, acupuncture can be used for pain relief and the help speed recovery.
The Acupuncture Process
Inserting exceptionally thin needles through the skin at strategic points on the human body is how acupuncture is performed. It is a central element in traditional Chinese medicine and other eastern medicine practices. It is commonly used to treat pain and is also used for other physical and emotional issues.
Traditional eastern medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of life force energy known as Qi (pronounced Chee). By inserting needles into exact acupuncture points along the meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that the energy flow will balance itself within the human body.
Western practitioners recognize the acupuncture points as well and use them as points to activate the nerves, muscles and connective tissue. The stimulation of these points produces and increases the body’s natural pain relievers and increases blood flow.
A Brief History of Acupuncture
This ancient practice has been in use since the beginning of recorded time. Acupuncture flourished in its use with the common peoples of China in the end of the 1800s and early 1900s. Acupuncture has been practiced in the Unites States for more than a century, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that it became more readily accessible and accepted as a therapeutic practice.
Because it was not a recognized medical practice, it was usually performed in secret. In 1972 the first legal acupuncture practice was opened in the United States in Washington, DC. Two years later it became legal to deduct acupuncture treatments as a medical expense on American tax returns.
Now, a readily available and trusted source of pain relief and disease prevention and treatment, acupuncture is available to people at all levels of economic and social structures. As a complimentary therapy, anyone may find that it is one valuable tool in the medical practice.