Getting Familiar with Acupuncture

Posted on: 18 March 2016

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that comprises the pricking of the skin with fine needles in an attempt to enhance your body's flow of energy. This works toward healing various conditions, both physical and psychological, that you may be experiencing. Here are some of the frequently asked questions that people new to acupuncture have.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Contrary to popular belief, acupuncture is painless. The needles that are used in this type of treatment are much thinner than those used to draw blood in conventional hospital procedures. Additionally, since they are not hollow, they tend to be more flexible as compared to hypodermic needles. When most patients undergo acupuncture, all they feel is a tingly sensation as the needle pricks through the skin's surface. This is then followed by a feeling of slight pressure and a warm sensation spreading in the area. Usually patients report feeling drowsy and relaxed as the acupuncture therapy is underway.

Does acupuncture only work if you have faith in it?

Acupuncture has been proven to have a direct effect on your body's blood flow and temperature. It also helps regulate your blood pressure, enhance the production of endorphins, and stimulate your immune system. As such, it is a legitimate treatment that causes a therapeutic effect on your body. However, it should be noted that these needles are not simply inserted at random. The therapy focuses on various pressure points on the body in order to cause the desired therapeutic reaction.

Does acupuncture only treat pain?

Granted, one of the most effective uses of acupuncture is in alleviating varying forms of pain. These include neck pain, sciatic pain, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and more. However, since acupuncture works toward enhancing the overall wellness of the body by ensuring that your innate energy is flowing appropriately, it can also be used to cure an array of disorders. Some of the different disorders that could be successfully treated through the use of acupuncture include migraines, digestive disorders, chronic lethargy, insomnia, menstrual disorders and more.

Can anyone administer acupuncture?

Although this is a form of alternative medicine, the government regulates it. This means that practitioners need to be licensed, through a place like Toronto Chinese Medicine College, for them to be able to conduct this therapy on individuals. Acupuncturists have to enter a graduate program to learn the ins and outs of traditional Chinese medicine and sit for an exam to earn their certification.

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