Facts about Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment known to human kind. Over thousands of years of practice, its relevance has continued to increase for one simple reason: it works. This article is a primer on basic information on acupuncture and how it can help you. Here are the top 5 reasons you should try acupuncture:
Acupuncture can help relieve pain
When most people think about acupuncture, they think about pain relief. This is what acupuncture is most well known for in the U.S. and for good reason. In instances of painful injury, especially where soft tissue damage is the primary concern, acupuncture shines as primary therapy. In acupuncture treatment, ultra thin, disposable, stainless steel needles are utilized to directly stimulate the healing mechanisms in painful tissues. Neruoendocrine and immune functions are stimulated, reducing the activity of and desensitizing activated nerves, while simultaneously speeding repair of the damaged tissue.
Acupuncture doesn’t hurt!
Sometimes when I tell people what I do they cringe and tell me they “hate needles”, or they “just don’t do needles”. It’s understandable. When most people think of needles, they think about those huge hypodermic needles that they got poked with when they were little kids. Now that was painful and the lollipop at the end was small consolation. Acupuncture generally uses teeny, tiny, small gauge needles, no thicker than a hair. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, needle insertion is painless.
It’s been around for thousands of years
Estimates vary as to exactly how old acupuncture really is, but most sources agree that it’s been around for at least 4,000 to 5,000 years. Over the course of four to five thousand years practitioners have had a lot of time to find out what works and fine tune this particular treatment modality. In our modern day and age, the practice of acupuncture continues to evolve and be refined as scientists begin to understand the exact physiological mechanisms by which acupuncture’s effectiveness are explained.
Acupuncture can balance moods and emotions
Acupuncture has long been used as a therapy for helping people balance mental and emotional states. While the process is explained in Traditional Chinese Medical theory as a balancing and redistribution of a person’s energy, we now know, thanks to modern technology and research involving MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and PET (positron emission tomography) scans of patients undergoing acupuncture, that acupuncture can actually stimulate activity in certain parts of the brain and affect the release of endorphins and other neurochemicals.