Stick It to Pain and Stress with Acupuncture

By Tony Laughton on September 09, 2011

Acupuncture is an ancient technique, practiced for thousands of years, by the Chinese. It’s a natural and alternative therapy that can be used to treat many conditions including promoting relaxation. The Chinese believed acupuncture, in its self, could bring a euphoric and harmonious effect for all patients. They also believed that having an unbalance is what causes illness. Using acupuncture, by targeting certain nerve endings, was thought to replace this balance and ultimately restore health.
Acupuncture procedures are minimally invasive and are used in most cases as an alternative to pharmaceutical pain management. Acupuncture works by targeting the 358 pressure points in the human body. Many acupuncture procedures require several treatments over a period of time depending on what ailment is being targeted.

The procedure begins by the patient lying or sitting in a relaxing comfortable position either face up, face down, or on the sides. The treatment would begin by inserting single use, sterile needles in the affected area. There shouldn’t be any pain on insertion however a mild aching feeling may occur when the needle has reached the proper depth. Occasionally the needles may be electrically charged or heated for maximum effect.

The overall health benefits have been an ongoing argument between health professionals for sometime. Although, most patients find it most effective in pain management, acupuncture has been proven useful for many other areas of ailment such as, weight loss therapy, symptoms of menopause, indigestion, fibromyalgia, allergies and even fertility issues. Acupuncture has even shown in some studies to reduce the side effects of Chemotherapy. Evolution has brought acupuncture into modern times as laser acupuncture is currently being tested to treat osteoarthritis knee pain.
Using acupuncture as a relaxation technique has been found very useful in patients that suffer from tension headaches and migraines. Muscle tension, stress, and stiffness can be alleviated using this form of alternative treatment. Acupuncture has also been found to treat the symptoms of depression. Studies have shown positive effects on the treatment of depression when combined with psychotherapy and herbal remedies, giving these patients new hope.

When considering acupuncture therapy, keep in mind that it is not intended diagnose or treat any one particular condition and results vary from patient to patient. It is simply an alternative to prescription pain medication. Patients who suffer from stress or anxiety disorders find this type of treatments most beneficial although, it has had miraculous effects for helping patients with chronic or excessive pain management needs. In certain situations acupuncture may be covered under your health plan.

No reward comes without risk however. Acupuncture can be dangerous to any patient that has a bleeding disorder or anyone taking a blood thinner. Procedure risks may include needle breakage which can cause an organ to be punctured. Though very rare, there is the possibility of injury. Un-sterilized needles also pose a threat. A clean and serene environment is of the up-most importance. These are all very good reasons to consult a qualified acupuncturist.

This ancient technique has helped many who are now living well balanced and healthier lives. If you are looking for a safe and proven alternative for pain, stress, or overall relaxation, acupuncture may be the path for you. Combined with natural herbs and remedies, acupuncture can be an important part of your holistic health.

About the author:

Tony Laughton is a personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Tony suggests checking online for your gym supplements, where you will find more detailed information and savings on items such as PhD diet whey.

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