Acupuncture is the process of inserting tiny needles into strategic points on your body and is primarily used to relieve pain, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced, well-trained practitioner using sterile needles. A course of acupuncture usually creates longer-lasting pain relief than when a single treatment is used.
Some people feel relaxed and others feel energized after an acupuncture treatment.
How does acupuncture affect the body?
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways or meridians. Those Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.
Sometimes Instead of needles, other forms of stimulation are sometimes used over the acupuncture points, including:
- Heat (moxibustion)
- Pressure (acupressure)
- Suction (cupping)
- Impulses of electromagnetic energy
Treatment benefits of Acupuncture:
National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment alone or in combination with conventional therapies to treat the following:
- Nausea caused by surgical anesthesia and cancer chemotherapy
- Dental pain after surgery
- Menstrual cramps
- Tennis elbow
- Myofascial pain
- Low back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
It may also help with stroke rehabilitation.
Contraindications precautions according to WHO:
- Acupuncture treatment should not be administered to people with a disturbance of blood coagulation.
- Acupuncture treatment should not be administered to people with unstable epilepsy.
- Acupuncture treatment should not be administered to infants on the fontanelle before it has closed.
- Acupuncture treatment should not be administered to the lower abdomen or lumbosacral region in women who are pregnant, to avoid contraction of the uterus.
- Acupuncture treatment should not be administered to body regions where there are ulcers, sores, or scars.