The unmistakable tremor of a hair thin needle placed fractionally into the skin is the telltale sign of someone receiving acupuncture. Even with needles so thin they can barely be felt, the benefits that acupuncture provides is vastly fortuitous. The practice dates back more than 2,500 years in China, where it originated as a tradition for aligning the body’s energy. Any disruption in the yin and yang intrinsic in humans was believed to be the origin of disease and often times pain. As a result, ancient practitioners developed acupuncture as a way to open up the channels in our bodies to allow energy to flow freely, thus creating the highest caliber of health and well-being in their patients.
For contemporary treatment seekers, acupuncture is used to help remedy an entire gamut of conditions. These range from back pain and joint pain; to nausea and migraines; to insomnia and anxiety. For all its longevity of practice, a definitive conclusion is still out on exactly what makes acupuncture work. However, many agree on a few theories about how it achieves its positive goals. One theory is that once the needle is placed in its targeted area, the nerves specific to that space send a signal to the spinal cord and eventually to the brain. It essentially shoots a lightening bold through the nervous system which triggers a release of hormones that helps relieve pain. Another theory is that acupuncture stimulates blood circulation while simultaneously increasing body temperature. Both of which contribute to the body’s overall self-healing process. For pursuers of this ancient practice, there are three essential reasons to go forward with the therapy.
The practice of acupuncture is noninvasive. When wielded by knowing hands, the tiny therapeutic needles not only leave zero marks, but they are also rarely felt being put into place. Other forms of pain relief require cracking bones, injections, or sometimes even surgery. The key here is to find a credentialed person well versed in the methods needed to provide the benefits of acupuncture without reaping havoc on a body.
2. Few Side Effects
Acupuncture has minimal to zero side effects. Even on basic levels, most things (even massage therapy) can’t make that claim. Even once the needles are removed, most feel energized and restored as opposed to groggy and sore.
3. Treatment Solution
“It treats the problem; it doesn’t just mask the symptoms,” said Integrated Health Solutions. For so many, treating pain or sleep deprivation or any other ailment is a matter of concealing the problem with whisked up illusions of relief and therapy. Think about modern pain medications. They shut down our bodies pain receptors so that we don’t feel pain, but it does nothing to actually address the cause of the pain. Sleep medications sedate users, but don’t dispatch any real mental or physiological instigators.
One of the theories behind the success of acupuncture is the trigger it pulls to increase blood flow through the body. Think of how our bodies heal other ailments. When you get a cut, what happens? Blood rushes to and from the area. By stimulating areas with needling, our bodies are encouraged to push blood into areas of distress. Acupuncture encourages our bodies to heal and revitalize itself. Think of it as an outside source healing the body from the inside out with just the right touch of insistence.
Acupuncture is for those seeking to try a method of healing and help untouched by modern methods. It is a technique that has stood the test of time and come out as widely used as ever. As with anything people need only have a willingness to try and the determination to find someone up to the task.