The Benefits of Acupuncture

acupuncture-1Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years in China and Asian countries.  It is now practiced in the United states as a form of alternative medicine.  Acupuncture treatments can be a compliment to traditional medical treatment and its use for treatment of various conditions is being studied.

Acupuncture is the stimulation of anatomical parts of the body using various techniques.  Very thin metallic needles are used to penetrate the skin and then these needles are manipulated by the hands of the therapist or by electrical stimulation.  In the United States these needles may only be used by licensed therapists and the needles must be manufactured to standards set forth by the Food and Drug Administration.  They must be non toxic, sterile and labeled for single use only.

In addition to the use of the ultra thin needles acupuncture may include treatment with the application of heat, pressure or laser.

Acupuncture is said to  correct an imbalance in the energy in the body by stimulating specific acupuncture points.

Acupuncture is being used to treat a wide variety of ailments including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, addictions, chronic pain, neurological, digestive and respiratory disorders and insomnia.  Acupuncture needs to be performed by a qualified practitioner.  Before beginning treatment be sure to check out the credentials of the person performing the acupuncture.  Some doctors and dentists today have incorporated the use of acupuncture in their practice.

Animals may also benefit from the use of acupuncture and some veterinarians have included it in their treatments.

When it is performed by a well qualified practitioner there are very few side effects from acupuncture.  Most people do not think the needles are too uncomfortable and some find them energizing.  Serious side effects may occur if treatment is not done by someone well qualified to deliver the acupuncture treatment.

There is ongoing research to determine if acupuncture actually does provide relief to the patient or if it is giving a placebo effect.

When you first visit the acupuncture practitioner he will ask about your lifestyle and the length of time you have been bothered by your health condition.  An acupuncture practitioner does not diagnosis a health condition unless he also has medical training.

If your medical care professional has given you a diagnosis that you think may be helped by the use of acupuncture be sure to discuss this alternative form of medicine with him.  Also, if you have engaged in a course of acupuncture treatment be sure to let your medical care professional know about this treatment.