Know the Benefits of Acupuncture

| May 23, 2010 | 0 Comments | 196 views

Acupuncture is a relatively painless, natural technique. It consists of the gentle insertion and stimulation of sterile, disposable, small, hair-width needles placed at precise strategic points on the body. While many acupuncture patients are initially wary about their first treatment, they soon discover that the experience is quite pleasurable and pain-free. Acupuncture has been proven to stimulate and release opiate-like hormones and induce a state of relaxation, balance and healing.

The analgesic effects of acupuncture have been extensively documented and have been shown to be mediated partially by the stimulation of endogenous (the body’s own natural) opioid peptide compounds. However, besides these endorphins, other natural non-endorphin peptides may be produced. In addition, acupuncture has been shown to modulate immunoglobulins (proteins from which antibodies are made) and enhance the activity of the white blood cells known as natural killer cells and the phagocytes. Acupuncture has also been reported to stimulate production of the cytokines interferon-gamma and interleukin-2 and suppress the pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin-6 and interleukin-10.

Acupuncture involves positioning long, thin needles on various points on the body. There are different techniques to the insertion of the needles, including care for the angles at which they are inserted, different types of needles (there are nine, but most practitioners only use six types of the needles), and various ways to twirl or vibrate the needles. The needles are placed on the body depending upon the ailment of the patient. Acupuncturists believe that the body has different energy channels that help in the efficient and proper functioning of the body.

Some people may have acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution, or because they feel unwell in themselves without being 'ill' in the Western sense. It can also be used alongside conventional medicine in the treatment of both acute and chronic disease.

Muscle joint pains are effectively relieved with acupuncture. Following the Asian techniques, people who are chronically fatigued will find that acupuncture not only lessens the pain, it also increases a person’s pain threshold. It also helps as an alternative, non-invasive treatment to joint pains (knee, arms, neck, shoulders and legs, as well as the back). It works to effectively reduce osteoarthritis, a condition felt in the knee, and epicondylitis, a condition otherwise known as tennis elbow.

Acupuncture can also cleanse the body organs, which may hold unnecessary toxins, tension and stress. live-giving energy that flows to every cell, tissue, muscle, and organ in your body through 14 main meridian pathways, can become stagnated. Acupuncture can attract or repel this energy, re-establishing a balanced flow of energy throughout the whole body.

Typically, a woman suffering from PMS might expect treatment that includes weekly acupuncture therapy for three months along with herbs and dietary and lifestyle adjustments. In this time period, one could expect to see a marked improvement in the premenstrual symptoms. Treatment of cervical dysplasia or abnormal PAPS would be approached similarly, but therapy would extend over a six month period with follow-up PAPs to confirm the effectiveness of the treatment. With chronic vaginitis and yeast infections, herbal douches and suppositories are available to relieve immediate discomfort, with additional herbal formulas prescribed to address the underlying imbalance. Instruction in various self care techniques will also help the patient to feel more in charge of her therapy program.

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