Chronic Pain Brings Many People to Acupuncture
Pain Relief is a Major Objective of Acupuncture Care
Can Acupuncture Help Relieve Pain?
Chronic pain, more than any other complaint, brings people to acupuncture. Patient complaints may include pain anywhere in the body as well as headache, pain in the back, neck, arm, shoulder, leg...all persistent reminders that something is wrong.
Many people suffering with chronic pain have been taking pain medications, sometimes for years, but have never gained permanent relief. Also most health care professionals agree that pain medications, even when they relieve pain, seldom address the underlying cause.
Much of acupuncture's reputation, however, stands on its potency for relieving pain while addressing the underlying cause. Acupuncture is often indicated to treat chronic pain conditions, radiating pain along a nerve pathway, muscle spasm, inflammation, scar tissue pain and pain located in multiple sites.
Are Needle Treatments Painful?
Typically, acupuncture needles are fine and flexible, no bigger than a human hair or piece of thread. Deftly inserted into an acupoint by a skilled acupuncturist, the slender needle produces little or no sensation at all. When the needle makes contact with Qi, the energy, most patients experience a slight tingling sensation. First-time patients are usually amazed at how comfortable and relaxed they are during a treatment.
Are Acupuncture Needles Sterile and Safe?
The government requires acupuncturists to follow strict safety procedures regarding needles, and sterilized needles are manufactured, packaged and shipped in strict compliance with the law.
What Are the Main Objectives of Acupuncture Treatments?
There are three main objectives:
How Long do Treatments Take?
Depending on the patient's condition and the treatment plan, treatments average about forty minutes.
What is Acupuncture?
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine certain points on the body are connected to pathways called meridians. These meridians conduct energy of Qi (pronounced chee) between the surface of the body and its internal organs. Stimulation of each point has a different effect on the Qi that passes through it.
Qi is believed to help regulate stability in the body. It is influenced by the opposing forces of Yin and Yang , which represent positive and negative energy forces in the universe and the human body. Acupuncture is believed to restore balance between yin and yang. This balance allows Qi to flow normally, thus bringing health and wellness to the mind as well as the body.
What Are Meridians?
Meridians form a highly complex invisible network transporting and directing Qi to every part of the body including the head, arms, legs, torso, organs and systems. Good health depends on a balanced circulation of Qi throughout the meridians.
Over centuries of trial and error and meticulous observation, the Chinese accurately mapped the locations of meridians and identified hundreds of specific points, called "acupoints" on the meridians where Qi can be accessed and stimulated where there is an aberration of flow.
How Does Eastern Healthcare Compare to Western Healthcare?
Currently, in the US, 20% of all acupuncture treatments received
are to relieve anxiety and depression.
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Can Acupuncture Help Relieve That "Stressed-Out" Feeling?
Most people already know that the demands of modern life leave many people feeling stressed-out and anxious because, it seems, there is always more and more to do and less and less time to do it.
But there's often far more to daily stress than just negative feelings. Acupuncturists see that such pressure cooker living contributes to a host of chronic illnesses and conditions. Too much stress tends to affect the balance of Qi in the body which can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, headaches, depression and many other stress-related conditions.
Acupuncturists sometimes recommend periodic acupuncture care to bring Qi into balance and keep it that way. This often helps replace feelings of stress with a sense of well-being, something everyone desires.
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