Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves inserting very thin needles through a person’s skin at specific points on the body, to various depths. In 1997, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) documented and publicized acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture is now covered by many insurance policies and is used most broadly to relieve pain.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture enhances the body’s functions and supports the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites–commonly called acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin at specific locations. Furthermore, acupuncture points can be also stimulated by applying pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the human body as two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called “qi” (pronounced “chee”) flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, dysfunction, or disease. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and induce the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.
What conditions are commonly treated by acupuncture?
Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility.
Is acupuncture safe?
In the hands of a licensed practitioner acupuncture is a very safe, pain-free, effective, treatment for many acute and chronic conditions that has been used for thousands of years.
Is acupuncture painful?
Acupuncture is done using hair-thin needles. Most people report feeling minimal pain as the needle is inserted. The needle is inserted to a point that produces a sensation of pressure or ache. Needles may be heated during the treatment or mild electric current may be applied to them.
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Reflexotherapy is used for the prevention and complex therapy of many diseases. At the same time, special attention is paid to disorders of the cardiovascular, nervous, digestive, musculoskeletal systems. So, together with other procedures, reflexotherapy can help with a cut of the facial nerve, diseases of the nervous system, osteochondrosis. By acting on special pressure reduction points, specialist will assist in the treatment of hypertension. Patients with a similar diagnosis will benefit from such properties of acupuncture as pain relief, elimination of muscle spasm and improvement of blood circulation.
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