If you are looking for alternative medicine to relieve your body pain and other bodily issues, you might have heard of the term acupuncture. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that uses thin needles in specific points of the body. The use of acupuncture can be traced way back in the stone age, wherein primitive people used sharp-edged stones and tools to puncture and drain the abscess.
The science of acupuncture states that life energy, also known as qi, flows through meridians or pathways in our body. An interruption in its flow can result in different health conditions. The use of acupuncture will help treat these health conditions by restoring the balance in qi.
How does acupuncture work?
A licensed acupuncturist will insert very thin needles in specific body points to treat the individual’s health conditions during acupuncture. Typically, the needle with about 1.5 inches long is inserted from ¼ to 1 inch deep into the skin depending on the health condition to be treated.
Moreover, if the area to be treated is a more muscular region, then the acupoint may be more profound. Also, patients who are weaker such as children and older adults, may have shallower needle insertion. There are 350 acupuncture points in the body. Patients may experience little to no pain during the insertion of needles.
How effective is acupuncture?
According to the World Health Association (WHO), some studies showed that acupuncture could be a really effective analgesic, help the body fight infections, and perform its physiological functions. Medical experts also believe that acupuncture stimulates the body to release endorphin, the body’s natural painkiller, and blood circulation.
Other health conditions where acupuncture may provide relief which includes:
- Back pain
- Labor pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Postoperative nausea, vomiting, and trauma
- Neck pain
- Allergic rhinitis
- Chronic facial pain
- Biliary and renal colic
- Digestive disorders
- Heart disease
- Knee pain
- High and low blood pressure
What are the risks of acupuncture?
While acupuncture may provide relief with a long list of conditions, some risks come with this traditional treatment. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates acupuncture needles as medical devices and should meet the required standards before using it. Needles must be sterile and nontoxic to prevent acquiring more severe diseases. After using, the needles should be appropriately disposed of.
Patients taking blood thinners or having bleeding disorders are not recommended to undergo acupuncture, which might lead to a more serious condition. Some types of acupuncture are also not recommended to pregnant women as some of them could stimulate labor.
When planning to undergo the treatment, make sure only to seek treatment from a licensed practitioner. With a licensed acupuncturist, you can be assured that the treatment is done correctly with the right devices. Contact NuVo Aesthtic & Wellness in Fulton MD to learn more about our acupuncture services. (301) 725-2209