When we hear the words “acupuncture treatment” we immediately think of tiny needles going inside our body! That thought alone is enough to scare most of us and make us turn away. Although, like overcoming every other uncertainty, we have to educate ourselves and review the benefits of traditional practises.
We have thus gathered the information of acupuncture treatment for your understanding and ease of mind.
What is an Acupuncture Treatment?
An acupuncture treatment is a practise where an acupuncturist injects tiny needles into a person’s body. At first, intention is of releasing physical discomfort and second is to balance their energy.
In effect, it is an ancient Chinese alternative therapy used to treat various ailments like headaches, skin diseases, back pain, etc.
Rachel Waldman, an acupuncturist at the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Disease Centre, opens up about acupuncture. She says, “From a modern biological perspective, acupuncture is stimulating the body to balance itself. It does this through complex neuro chemical pathways that affect the immune system, the nervous system and inflammatory process.”
Understanding Acupuncture Treatment
Traditional Chinese philosophy believes that our bodies are the representation of a miniature universe. The belief regards every cell, tissue, muscle as well as organ of our body, obtaining an energy called Chi.
This energy travels through the body with the help of pathways called meridians. Along these meridians are points where energy accumulates. Since each of these points have very specific functions that connect to different organs or glands; stimulating these points can have an effect on the overall functioning of the body. Ultimately, the points and meridians together form a part of the universe.
Recently, the Shanghai Medical University and University of California Irvine, have collected studies on acupuncture. These show evidence on how the acupuncture needles stimulate points and furthermore trigger the release of endorphins in the body which act as our body’s natural pain killers.
These points are commonly referred to as pressure points in acupuncture or its sister-therapy, acupressure.
About an Acupuncture Treatment
An acupuncture treatment has often been testified as a very relaxing therapy. The placement of the needles in the pressure points instigates the body’s own ability to release stress and pain. The release of endorphins is exceptionally beneficial to the patients.
Many a times, patients fall asleep and leave the treatment very relaxed.
The number of treatments that a patient might require to overcome an illness or an ailment differs from case to case. Therefore, a licensed practitioner can help you with your problems keeping in mind the depth of your medical history. Usually, it takes a few sessions to treat a problem completely.
Areas of benefits with Acupuncture Treatment
In the past, many research studies feature the various benefits of Acupuncture by the Medicine Journal of Australia. Their most recent study highlighted the use of acupuncture in Emergency Rooms. Henceforth, more and more studies are conducted to find the effective areas of acupuncture treatment.
The National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health have positive testimonials for Acupuncture Treatment in the following areas:
- Lower Back pain
- Neck and Shoulder pain
The Australian Association & Chinese Medical Association have witness many benefits like:
- Relief from nausea and vomiting
- Reduction in stress levels
- Relief from back pain
- Mitigation of knee osteoarthritis
- Reduced neck pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Notably, even acupuncturists share patient benefits from:
- Blood pressure fluctuations
- Digestive system conditions
- Sciatica, etc
Altogether, Australia has been home to the practise of acupuncture since the early 1800s. Today, more than 4000 acupuncturists are registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. Give these ancient eastern practise a try and experience the benefits for yourself!