So, you’ve heard about acupuncture, maybe in the news or seen it on television, but have you ever really given it a second thought? Well hopefully this article will give you an insight to this up and coming therapy and may even give you the courage to try it out for yourself.
Acupuncture is a non-drug, non-invasive therapy that may produce a variety of benefits – from pain management to helping with nausea and associated symptoms of chemotherapy. According to a 2002 national health interview survey, an estimated 8.2 million Americans have had acupuncture at some point in their life and an estimated 2.1 million Americans had the treatment within the past year. Over the past 20 years the use of acupuncture has spread widely in the United States, therefore researchers are trying to study and understand the benefits of this treatment which include helping with lower back pain, headaches, and arthritis among many other symptoms and conditions.
Acupuncture works well as an independent treatment for many conditions, but it also helps complement other forms of healthcare therapies, perhaps most importantly chiropractic.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest of the healing arts and has its roots oriented in China and other Asian countries. It was developed thousands of years ago. Acupuncture was founded on the premise that all illness and health conditions are the result of interference with the normal flow of energy throughout the body, referred to as “chi.” It’s believed that imbalances in energy result in health issues and that acupuncture can be utilized to help restore these energy imbalances. There are over 350 acupuncture points distributed throughout the body.
Western (US) medicine challenges these eastern (Asian) philosophies doubting some of their premises and claiming that the treatment is not scientifically validated, however at the same time acknowledging some therapeutic benefits. Acupuncture is now recognized by organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Health Service of the UK, and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Acupuncture involves the specific placement of small needles in the skin. Despite the sound of it, the therapy is basically pain free. The needles are unbelievably thin, creating virtually no pain, and the procedure is considered safe when performed by a trained licensed health care provider. There are few, if any, side effects and the therapy can be very beneficial in many cases. You should inform your doctor about any other conditions you may have and if you are taking medication such as blood thinners or if you have a bleeding disorder, as this may affect the type of treatment.
For those patients who are absolutely terrified of needles, don’t worry there are some alternative treatments in which needles are not utilized. To learn more about this interesting treatment option or to give it a try for yourself, stop by Rowe Chiropractic and Acupuncture and see what it’s all about.