Acupuncture is a traditional method of treatment for relieving pain by means of inserting fine, hair-thin needles to special points in the human body.
The extent to which pain is relieved depends on the exact points at which the needles are inserted, and also depend on the physical conditions of the patient. The treatment is based on the assumption that our body health is controlled by special patterns of energy flow and the disruption of this flow is the cause for many diseases. Acupuncture works on our body by facilitating the right flow of energy through special points near our skin.
The method is believed to have its origin in China and has been in use there for at least 2,500 years. Today acupuncture has its westernized version too, and is widely practiced in the United States. The treatment procedures involve stimulating specific locations on the skin. The acupuncture method adopted determines the type and size of the needle, and the depth of insertion into the skin. The needles need to be kept inserted at specific points for up to 20-30 minutes.
When a needle is inserted into an acupuncture point, the nerve fiber gets simulated and sends a nerve impulse to the spinal cord. The result is the release of brain chemicals such as enkephalin and dynorphin which blocks the incoming pain signal. It is found that the treatment can also stimulate the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, which improves therapeutic effects on the body.
Acupuncture has high success rates for stroke rehabilitation, headache, myofascial pain, low back pain, asthma, tennis elbow, addiction, and carpal tunnel syndrome. All treatments normally require one or two weeks, with a maximum of 12 treatments.
Until now, more than 350 acupuncture points have been discovered. By inserting needles to these points in a wide array of combinations, acupuncture treatment can provide you instant cure from all types of pains by maintaining the normal energy flow of your body. The treatment can also rejuvenate your body, keeping you fresh and healthy.
HealthQuest, New York .
Aug 03, 2010