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What is acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese medicine explains a form of alternative medicine that helps manage ailments, known as acupuncture. It helps in relieving pain, anxiety, and stress by balancing the flow of energy or life force called chi or qi (chee) as per the traditional Chinese form of medicine. This energy flow occurs through the body’s meridians or pathways. Very thin, fine needles are inserted into some of the specific points through these pathways by the acupuncture professionals, and the energy flow is re-balanced, relieving the pain and other symptoms of the patient.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

An age-old practice of acupuncture uses fine, solid, metallic needles inserted at specific points in the human body called acupuncture points. The needles are inserted either through the movements of the hand of an acupuncturist or through electrical stimulation. It is believed that the central nervous system of the human body is activated at the time of acupuncture, which results in some biochemical changes in muscles, the brain, and the spinal cord. Hence, the physical and emotional health of the patient is being restored. Acupuncture is believed to treat conditions like headache, dental pain, jaw joint pain, myofascial pain, menstrual cramps, arthritic pain, back pain, neck pain, and others. Apart from this, acupuncture also relieves the body of fibromyalgia, anxiety, or depression. Nausea and vomiting caused as a side effect of minor or major surgery or chemotherapy in cancer cases are also relieved after acupuncture therapy. Acupuncture may also help in relieving symptoms of asthma and stroke rehabilitation. After acupuncture therapy, symptoms of rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, and sore throat improve. Also, symptoms following gastritis, hepatitis, and irritable bowel syndrome become better after acupuncture.

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How does acupuncture work?

Most popularly, acupuncture uses fine, solid, metallic needles inserted into the human body at specific points using hand stimulation by the acupuncture professional. Apart from needles, some other stimulatory methods are also available, like electric stimulation, heat stimulation called moxibustion, stimulation through friction, acupressure where pressure stimulates the energy flow through the body, stimulation via suction therapy called cupping, and others. In some cases, impulses are generated through electromagnetic waves that excite specific points in the human body to balance the flow of energy. A central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and muscles, is excited, irrespective of the stimulatory method used. The chemicals called endorphins that are released stimulate the biochemical reaction, especially in the brain, muscles, and spinal cord. These biochemical reactions maintain the flow of energy and help relieves various symptoms of the patient.

How do I find an acupuncturist near me?

Acupuncture invokes the flow of energy in the human body, which helps in relieving pain. Stimulation is done using fine needles inserted into specific points in the body. But, any negligence or mishap at the time of inserting the needle may lead to certain risk factors like soreness, bleeding, or bruising at the site of injection, inflammation, or infection at the injecting site, especially in the case of unsterilized needles or injecting needles may break leading to damage of the internal organ.

Hence, to visit an acupuncturist, one should look for a well-qualified, licensed acupuncturist who is well-versed in his field of work. Also, look for insurance claims given by the acupuncture professional. Omni Local Care has a pre-vetted list of acupuncture professionals to help you find the best professional in your locality.

What should I expect during my first visit to an acupuncture professional?

Once you visit your acupuncture professional, he will take a detailed history of the symptoms of pain and inflammation by the patient. After having thorough knowledge about one’s ailment, the acupuncturist will explain the procedure according to the severity of the disease to the patient. The number of needles to be inserted and the duration of the procedure depends on the severity of the disease. The stimulation of the points using needles gives a sensation of relaxation from pain. Though not frequent, some patients may experience side effects like skin bruising, bleeding at injection sites, infection or inflammation. All these side effects persist only for some time and resolve at the earliest.

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

An age-old traditional Chinese method of pain relief using needle insertion proves helpful in many ways. It provides holistic well-being to the patient to improve the patient’s pain symptoms. Incidences of anxiety, stress, and depression are also relieved by acupuncture. Sleep cycle and sleep quality are believed to enhance after acupuncture therapy. Certain types of headaches like migraine and discomfort at the time of menstrual cramps are also seen to be relieved by acupuncture therapy. Dental pain before and after surgery, jaw joint pain, osteoarthritic pain, lower back pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome are also some of the conditions that can be relieved by acupuncture therapy. Some studies also prove that the fertility rate and symptoms of menopause are also improved with the use of acupuncture therapy.

Hence, acupuncture is one of the good options to be explored for health benefits if one has to go for traditional medicine.
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Frequently asked questions about acupuncturists near you.

Acupuncture uses fine, solid, metallic needles or other stimulatory methods at specific points to invoke and stimulate the body's energy flow. The bio-chemicals released from the muscles, spine, and joints after the central nervous system excitation help remove the patient's pain, anxiety, and stress.
Acupuncture is usually safe and helps in relieving pain. Acupuncture usually doesn't hurt, but sometimes mild skin bruising at the injection sites, bleeding, infection and inflammation, or needle breakage may be some rare complications of acupuncture therapy.
Acupuncture therapy is used to treat certain conditions involving pain like dental pain, joint pain, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and menstrual cramps; it improves the sleep cycle by relieving stress, depression and anxiety, and many others.
Acupuncture as a therapy is an entirely safe old traditional method to improve the patient's health. Some side effects may sometimes be seen in a few patients, but rarely.
The number of needles to be inserted and the duration of appointments with an acupuncturist depend on the severity of the disease with which one is suffering.
After explaining the procedure, the acupuncturist will insert the needles at specific points in the body to stimulate the nervous system. The hands will be kept at particular points for about 20-30 min, during which the patient will be asked to relax, after which the patient will experience a sense of pain relief.
The frequency of the visits to an acupuncturist depends on the severity and the duration of the ailment with which the patient is suffering.
Acupuncture therapy usually has no complications, but some side effects like skin bruising and bleeding sites may sometimes be seen in some patients.
Most health insurance plans cover acupuncture therapy, but it must be checked with the plan you are availing of.
It is always better to discuss all the present symptoms, medical history, treatment plan, etc., with the health professional before starting the treatment. The cost and duration of the therapy should also be well versed to the one taking the treatment beforehand.
Usually, referrals are not mandatory to take acupuncture therapy, but it will always be good to consider a second opinion and get a doctor's referral.
Acupuncture therapy is considered to be safe even for children. The well-versed professionals of the age-old acupuncture practice are well-trained and experienced in treating patients of all ages.
Acupuncture therapy is always safe for pregnant females when the state of pregnancy is discussed with an acupuncturist beforehand.