In recent days, acupuncture has been gaining a lot of popularity especially in North America. Recent findings from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, show that more than 3 million people visit an acupuncturists. The increase popularity of acupuncture can be attributed to the numerous acupuncture benefits
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine, which involves relieving stress on specific body parts by inserting needles on surfaces of the skin. Acupuncture has been in existence for more than 250,000 years ago. According to traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture works by providing a balance between the two extremes of “yin” and “yang” of the life forces known as “qi” pronounced as “chi”. It is believed that Qi flow through meridians or pathways in the human body. These pathways are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body
What to expect on a visit to an acupuncture practitioner?
While acupuncture is traditional Chinese medicine, it does involves almost similar procedures as modern day visit to a health practitioner. Typically you will be asked about your comprehensive health history. Your acupuncture practitioner may ask to examine your tongue, take heart rate pulse in order to feel the energy flow and may also ask you questions about your diet. After the first consultation, needles will be placed on very specific points. You may experience a sharp pain while the needles are being inserted.
While the classical acupuncture are still common, other modern techniques are being incorporated. These modern acupuncture techniques include;trigger point acupuncture, laser acupuncture, scalp acupuncture and auricular acupuncture. These modern techniques are widely used in various acupuncture centers. They are a lot of benefits of acupuncture. Some of these benefits include;
- Pain Reliever
Studies have shown that acupuncture can help to relieve pain on different parts of the body. Some of these conditions which acupuncture can help to relieve pain include; osteoarthritis, migraines, low back pain and knee pain.
- Helps to promote self healing.
Do you that your body is the perfect pharmacy? Our body produces different types of hormones. These hormones help to reduce pain and increase the general well-being of the body. Acupuncture helps to trigger the secretions of such hormones.
- Helps to cure insomnia
Are you struggling to fall asleep? Lack of sleep can have a negative aspect to your life, especially on your overall performance.Doctors recommend that one should sleep 8 hours per day. So if you are having problems to sleep you should try visit an acupuncturists. Studies have shown that acupuncture can help to trigger the nervous system to secrete hormones essential for sleep
- Helps to remove premenstrual syndrome
Recent studies have shown that the use of acupuncture can help to remove premenstrual syndrome. In the study a group of 11 patients consisting of women of ages 23-40 years who were experiencing premenstrual symptoms. Upon the use of acupuncture the patients experienced an overwhelming change. Most of the patients did show no signs of premenstrual syndrome.