Acupuncture is an ancient practice that has been tested through the ages. For centuries people have used acupuncture for it's healing benefits. However, today many people are nervous to try something different because it is unfamiliar to them. But just because acupuncture may feel unfamiliar, it doesn't mean that it won't work. Here are some things you need to know about acupuncture.
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is all about pressure points. There are points in the body that are known to be related to organs and systems in the body. For instance, you may have had a headache in the past and someone put pressure on a pressure point in your hand to relieve the head ache. This is the same principle.
Instead of just applying pressure with their fingers, an acupuncturist will take tiny needles and insert them into the body. The needles are not just put haphazardly around the body. Instead, an acupuncturist will place them in certain areas, specific to the treatment that you are seeking.
What Kinds Of Things Can Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture can heal a variety of problems. However, there are some issues that people tend to use acupuncture for regularly. Here are some of those issues.
- Migraines and Headaches
- Back Pain
- Joint Pain
- Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
- Digestive Disorders (such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Side Effects From Chemotherapy
These are just a few of the many reasons why people would see an acupuncturist. If you want specific benefits for say a headache, compared to a digestive problem, the acupuncturist will place the needles in a different place. A qualified acupuncturist will discuss your symptoms and prepare a treatment plan. This is why it is important that you let the acupuncturist know the reason that you are getting treatment so they can properly prepare.
How Quickly Will You See Results From Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has immediate and quick results. However, that doesn't mean that you go in and get it done once and you are done. To really find relief for your problems, you should be seeing the acupuncturist regularly. For instance, if you have infertility problems, you should see the acupuncturist before you conceive, to try and help regulate your menstrual cycles, then you should continue seeing the acupuncturist throughout the pregnancy to help decrease the risk of a miscarriage. Going just once to the acupuncturist may help a little bit, but going regularly could change your life.