It is human nature to be afraid of something you are not familiar of, or don't have any information about. In fact, some are even scared of the things that maybe out of their comfort zone, no matter how beneficial it may be.
One of these examples is Acupuncture. The East Asian medical practice has been around and performed for ages, however, many people are still scared of it, or have a wrong impression and understanding of the craft.
Although Acupuncture is slowly emerging as a medical practice in the west, professional acupuncturists have a long way to go to educate the public of its wonders and remove the stigma that come with it.
For those who are curious of Acupuncture and all the wonders it can do to your body, what better way to know better than to ask a professional acupuncturist themselves! Here are some points to inquire about:
What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a well-researched and studied medical therapy that uses extremely thin wires/needles to stimulate self-healing and promote health benefits and alleviate pain in some cases. It involves inserting very thin needles through a person's skin at specific points on the body, to various depths.
How does it work?
Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of "yin" and "yang" of the life force known as "qi," (pronounced "chi”). This is to counter their belief that people get sick because there is an imbalance of the forces. Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. They can be accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body.
During the treatment proper, the acupuncturist should analyze your pulse and should look for the present color and shape of your tongue. After many questions about your past medical history, they will start the necessary diagnosis by looking out the right acupuncture points where the needles will be inserted. The insertion of needles into the targeted points will help upgrade the flow of the energy of the body to cure your ailment instantly.
What are the health benefits of acupuncture?
From energizing to curing various diseases, or relieving pain, acupuncture can obtain several health benefits. After all, the stimulation of acupuncture points will show a positive result in various organs of your body.
According to the World Health Organization, the following conditions can be helped by an acupuncture treatment:
· Acute sinusitis
· Acute rhinitis
· Common cold
· Acute tonsillitis
· Bronchopulmonary Diseases
· Acute bronchitis
· Bronchial asthma
· Acute conjuctivitis
· Cataract (without complications)
· Central retinitis
Disorders of the Mouth Cavity
· Pain after tooth extraction
· Tennis elbow
· Low back pain
· Rheumatoid arthritis
· Spasm of the esophagus and cardia
· Acute and chronic gastritis
· Gastric hyperacidity
· Trigeminal neuralgia
· Facial paralysis
Are the needles safe to use?
Yes! The needles used by your acupuncturist are completely safe for your health. You have to ensure that your acupuncturist makes use of disposable needles, which are sterile enough before they can be inserted in your body.
How deep will the needles be inserted?
Depending upon the nature of the ailment, the needles are inserted accordingly. The size of the needles and the depth of the insertion of needles depend on the recent status of your illness. The insertion depth can vary from 0.2 to 3 inches.
Will it hurt? Acupuncturists use modern equipment and have undergone long and professional training that can make acupuncture practically painless. It may still depend on a person’s tolerance to pain.
How long does an acupuncture session last?
The length of acupuncture treatment depends on the patient’s illness. Basically, it can last from 20 minutes to an hour.
How many sessions will a patient need for the effects to manifest?
Not every patient will respond to the treatment in a positive manner. Some patients will respond to the treatment very fast. Whereas, other patients will take the time to respond the treatment. Depending on the severity of illness, you will have to receive the sessions of treatments accordingly. Your illness might get cured in the first round of the treatment or you might have to appear for several rounds of treatments until you are completely healed from your ailment.
Is there training required to practice acupuncture?
Requirements can vary significantly worldwide. There can be significant variations in requirements depending upon local laws. In East Asia, practitioners have practiced for years and learn the craft by heart. However, in the medical field, certain seminars, trainings, and workshops should be completed before they can practice it professionally.