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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient healing art originating in the middle east centuries ago. The earliest written record of acupuncture is 2,500 years ago from China. acupuncture has been an important part of oriental medicine over all these years. Acupuncture soon spread to Asia, France, Germany, and Japan.
Interest in Acupuncture grew in the United States when president Richard Nixon visited China in 1971.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is a method of treating the body to promote and encourage natural healing and to improve the functions of the body. Treatment is done by inserting needles and other forms of stimulation at specific and precise acupuncture points on the body. The traditional Chinese explanation is that energy channels exist in regular patterns in the body. These energy channels are called Meridians. The energy in these meridians flow like water in a hose that is used to nourish the body. If the hose becomes obstructed, the body is not nourished properly. Acupuncture uses points on the meridians, which have reflex action, to return the flow of energy to normal within the meridians and allow the body to restore health. This helps organs to return to normal function by correcting imbalances in the meridians.
A modern explanation is that the needing of the meridians stimulates the nerves causing a reaction in the muscles, nerves, spinal cord and brain. These reactions involve the release of chemicals which influence the body's own internal regulating systems.
How long does treatment last?
Chronic conditions may require 1-2 treatments a week over several months, 6-18 treatments. Acute problems usually require 3 treatments a week until resolved, 5-15 treatments. For health maintenance only six treatments per year may be adequate. Sessions to treat acute conditions may last 15-20 minutes. Chronic conditions my require 30-40 minutes.
Do the needles hurt?
Different people experience acupuncture procedures in different ways. The needles are very small. Most patients experience minimal discomfort or none at all. The needles are solid, they are not hollow and they contain no medications or chemicals. If you are scared of the needles, talk to the doctor. There are alternatives.
What are the risks of acupuncture?
Sterile, single-use needles are used. Needles are used one time and then disposed of safely. This clean needle technique almost eliminates the possibility of infection from one person to another.
Occasionally the patient will experience a reaction to the acupuncture needles. The symptoms may at first worsen, or changes may be seen in appetite, sleep and body functions. There are indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. Treatment complications are rare.
Does acupuncture really work?
Yes. Eighty-five percent of patients respond well to acupuncture. For over 2 thousand years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than all other treatment approaches combined. Ask you doctor for more information.
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