What is acupunture?
Acupunture is a primitive practice of relieving pain that originates from China. The practice continues from several thousand of years and is being adopted by many western nations as well for its various therapeutic benefits. As the name suggests acupunture involves inserting needles at certain body points to influence the flow of energy in the body. The technique promotes body’s self healing process.
How does it work?
Acupunture works around the concept that an energy called “qi” (pronounced as “chi”) flows in our body through the pathways called meridians and pain or illness occurs when there is certain imbalance in this energy flow. Thus acupunture is done to correct those imbalances and manipulate the energy flow.
In the technique an acupunturist would identify your area of problem by assessing and examining your condition. For correct analysis you need to get a proper diagnosis and discuss your overall health with the acupunturist. Thereafter based on his assessment the acupuncturist will decide on the acupunture points which are on the meridians and insert thin needles at those points in your skin at different depths. He may roll the needle slightly or additionally provide some herbs, heat or electric current depending on the treatment required. The process is pain free except slight pressure that you may feel during the insertion of needles. Some patients quote feeling certain sensation or tingle in the area but that is said to be because of the flow of energy.
Is it effective?
Acupunture does have a positive effect on pain and other forms of illness. From being used to ease headaches/migraines, lower back pains, fibromyalgia to many other conditions including chronic pain in joints and muscles, acupuncture is a widely adopted practice and finds use in relieving pain before and after surgery, after chemotherapy sessions and alleviateing nausea.
Neuroscience quite effectively explains the benefits of the technique and its widespread acceptance in the West. Studies state that inserting needles causes release of endorphins that are our body’s natural pain killers. Also it releases certain chemicals in the brain that affect our mood.
Compared to other medications the technique has almost negligible side effects. Visiting an experienced practitioner and using sterilized needles negates out chances of any accidental harm.