What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is is a completely natural and holistic healing system originating in China thousands of years ago. There is evidence to suggest that this healing method is the oldest medical system still practiced today.
Treatment consists of tiny, hair-like needles being inserted into very specific locations in the body known as the acupuncture points. According to Chinese Medicine theory, when these points are stimulated they create a reaction in the body that can activate a number of internal systems and stimulate the bodies own, very powerful healing responses.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Through the stimulation of the acu points, the acupuncturist is able to have an effect on the vital substances of the body and stimulate the body to initiate the healing process. In stressful situations and when a person may be suffering from anxiety or even panic attacks, acupuncture can help to activate the sympathetic nervous system and have a calming effect. Where there are digestive upsets, treatment can help to regulate the bowel movements, ease discomfort and and pain and help to calm rebellious stomach activity, and so forth. Acupuncture treatment is also very effective for pain relief and can help to lessen and even eradicate pain.
Acupuncture has even been found to be highly beneficial for cases of infertility. This report form the NHS shows that researchers found that acupuncture can increase the chances of a woman becoming pregnant by 65%.
What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
The treatment a fairly painless procedure and often the patient feels nothing at all. When sensations are experienced they are usually nothing more than a momentary sharp scratch, a dull ache or a mild electrical sensation. In most cases, patients find acupuncture both an enjoyable and relaxing process.
How Many Treatments Does a Person Need?
This all depends on the condition that a person is being treated for, how long they have been suffering from the ailment, the severity of the condition and so forth. Also, lifestyle factors can often play a part in the healing process. If there is an aspect of a persons lifestyle that that is either causing the ailment or inhibiting the recovery process then this will also need to be taken into consideration.
BBC Documentary on Acupuncture