Acupuncture Basics

Are you considering getting acupuncture, the healing therapy that comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine? Acupuncture’s healing benefits have been used for thousands of years. Modern-day people may question the validity of this “alternative” treatment, but any medical treatment that enjoys the staying power that acupuncture has must be doing something right. 

What is acupuncture?

As stated, acupuncture is a treatment protocol rooted in ancient Chinese medicine. This type of treatment dates back thousands of years. Traditionally, acupuncture is widely embraced as a medical treatment in China and is taught as a form of medical specialty. Acupuncture may have fallen out of favor with the onset of conventional medical treatments, but it has experienced a resurgence in the last several decades. Many cultures now embrace acupuncture. Acupuncture is being studied more and more in clinical research, and it nows enjoys science-based confirmation of its effectiveness. Many patients rely on acupuncture to replace or supplement medical treatments that aren’t providing the relief or help they need.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture corrects the flow of energy through defined pathways, called meridians, in the body. That energy, called qi, is akin to life force energy—it keeps the body balanced and functioning correctly and at optimal levels. When disease or illness sets in, the acupuncture meridians are likely imbalanced, and energy is not flowing smoothly through them. When faced with an obstruction, energy can no longer move freely and starts to build up. That can lead to a broad range of health issues as the organs and systems downstream from the energy blockage become starved of energy. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are 350 acupuncture points on the body along the meridians, which act as channels to transport qi. Acupuncture aims to correct blockages in your meridians by inserting thin, sterile, single-use needles into the body.

What health issues can acupuncture be used to treat?

From a holistic perspective, the body and mind function together. Acupuncture can help to correct a staggering variety of health matters, both mental and physical. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture can be used to treat these:

  • Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fertility problems
  • Menstrual pain and issues
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Lower back pain
  • Decreased libido
  • Knee pain
  • Migraine, cluster headaches, and headache
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Side effects and nausea associated with chemotherapy
  • Dental pain
  • Allergies
  • Weight loss
  • Anxiety
  • Mild depression
  • Certain stomach problems
  • Children’s health issues such as anxiety, ADD/ADHD, bedwetting, and allergies

This is not a comprehensive list. Many individuals have achieved lasting relief from numerous other mental and physical conditions through acupuncture treatment.


Why choose acupuncture?

Acupuncture can offer specific benefits that other treatments can’t. Some of those include:

  • Pain control without potentially harmful and addictive medications
  • Minimal side effects
  • Is tolerated well by most patients
  • Can be used in conjunction with most other treatment plans

Plus, when acupuncture is performed by a qualified professional, it has an impressive safety record.  Many men, women, and children rely on acupuncture to help with a wide range of health matters. Acupuncture may be the best approach for you if you who want a holistic, all-natural method of treating health issues. Acupuncture may be the drug-free, non-invasive treatment you are seeking for your specific needs.