Though acupuncture is considered to be a pseudoscience, more and more people who want to try alternative medicine are using it. Acupuncture is a Chinese method of treatment and is not generally based on scientific study, but there are certain documented benefits of acupuncture.
The technique is used to heal the body by inserting thin needles into the skin at various locations in the body. By inserting the needles, certain energy points are stimulated providing healing.
Just like other Chinese medicine practices, acupuncture is not a well-known practice and has gained attention only recently. If you are not very familiar with acupuncture and would like to know more, here are some little-known facts about it:
1. It is scientifically validated.
The National Institute of Health considers acupuncture to be a safe procedure when performed by an experienced person. The needles used in acupuncture are considered to be medical equipment by FDA.
The FDA recognizes them as medical equipment provided they are labeled for single use and are nontoxic in nature. Acupuncture does have some scientific validity and recognition.
2. Acupuncture changes brain chemistry.
According to scientific studies, acupuncture has three demonstrated effects on health which generate health benefits. First, acupuncture may activate opioid systems which effectively reduce pain. Secondly, it causes changes in brain chemistry resulting in an impact on body sensations and involuntary movement.
3. Mattress and pillows are important for a pain-free session.
The Mattress is important to achieve optimal results from any acupuncture session says Irina Logman, CEO of acupuncture in NYC . She says with the right approach and accessories (needles, sheet covers, and mattress) a patient feels at rest as needles can cause pain. With a comfortable mattress and pillows (placed both at the head and foot level) any acupuncture session can be pain-free and easier for the patient to bear.
4. Acupuncture is available through National Health Service of UK.
If you are from the UK, you can request the NHS to provide you acupuncture sessions. Though the access is limited and is not free, it is offered in medical institutions of the UK. This fact alone validates some of the claims that acupuncture is a medically acceptable procedure and is done on a smaller scale in organized medical facilities, too.
5. Acupuncture can speed up recovery from cancer.
There are scientifically-documented results of acupuncture being used in speeding up the recovery from cancer. If effectively used, it can also speed up the recovery from chemotherapy.
Acupuncture can increase the immune strength of an individual. Therefore, if this treatment is taken during cancer recovery it will boost the recovery by improving the immune system of the individual.
6. Acupuncture sessions can be long.
Depending on the severity of the situation, acupuncture sessions can either be taken on a weekly or fortnightly basis. A typical session lasts around 30 minutes and treatment is carried out for approximately twelve weeks. If you are planning to use acupuncture to deal with physical symptoms or diseases, make sure you commit enough time to take full advantage of this therapy.
7. Acupuncture jobs are available online.
A good practitioner is always a certified acupuncture practitioner. Though online job hunting is quite easy now and you can easily find many acupuncture jobs on Monster, Indeed and Linkedin, acupuncturists are often hired through recommendations and word of mouth.
Acupuncture has tremendous benefits and can provide relief from insomnia, arthritis, and muscle pain, as well as slow down aging. Though it is not a very well-known or accepted form of treatment for most complex medical situations it can, however, provide relief from pain and other related issues.
Before deciding to go for an acupuncture session, do contact your GP or nurse as unadvised acupuncture sessions may not add into your health recovery and provide you all the required benefits.
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