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Acupuncture - What It Is And What Are Its Benefits Acupuncture - What It Is And What Are Its Benefits

What is acupuncture?  

Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of alternative medicine in Chinese history. The philosophy of acupuncture is based on the "Taoist Tradition" where these people meditate and observe the flow of positive energy inside and outside the body. Acupuncture has evolved over the years, but the concept and philosophy remain the same. Acupuncture involves the stimulation of anatomical locations on the skin through a variety of techniques and thin metal needles.  

Generally, alternative treatments receive little attention because some doctors are not aware that science proves that they really are effective alternatives to "drugs" and "medications". Keep reading and know more about acupuncture.    

How does it work?   

Acupuncture works through physiological and energetic mechanisms. The energy mechanism is the balance of the channels or meridians through which the energy is transferred from one part to another of the body.  Although the benefits of acupuncture have long been proven it is essential that the technique is performed by a qualified professional.  

Benefits of Acupuncture  

The benefits of acupuncture are mainly to counteract the pain. That's why the technique is used against a headache, toothache, osteoarthritis, rheumatism and to relieve menstrual pain. Acupuncturists use special needles of different sizes. These needles are sterile and inserted into one of the specific acupuncture points as well as the position of the energy flow. Normally, patients feel poking the needles into their skin, but they cannot feel any pain. These needles are strong and larger than normal hair size.  

People who seek the unconventional treatment of acupuncture are those people who have suffered from a long period of chronic pain brought on by their conditions of standing up like chronic back pain that seems to never go away, painful head and migraine, cancer, depression, sleep disorders and other affective disorders.  

Acupuncture for a headache   

Several studies have scientifically confirmed the effectiveness of acupuncture in preventing and treating migraine attacks and headaches. In cases of a headache, traditional Chinese medicine techniques are analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and act as a muscle relaxant.   

Acupuncture for anxiety and depression   

Acupuncture may also be an option for the treatment of emotional disorders, depression, and anxiety.  Acupuncture provides relaxation by balancing the body's energies. Several studies in China have confirmed that acupuncture, combined with a very low dose of drugs to avoid stress, depression, and anxiety, is just as effective as treating a patient with a full dose of medication against depression.  

Repair the nerves efficiently  

Acupuncture, unlike other medicines, acts directly on the nervous system. Therefore, it is undoubtedly the most effective therapy to stimulate nerve repair. Thus, it is the therapy of choice for strokes, paralysis, and health problems.   

Relieve pain  

As mentioned above, acupuncture is the queen to act on the nerves which also helps to relieve pain or to proceed to anesthesia without resorting to anesthetics. In this way, an experienced acupuncturist can help you to relieve back pain. Acupuncture needles also leave positive effects on the brain, disabling some brain areas associated with painful sensations. From this point of view, it is understood that the technique is also thought to be adequate for treating anxiety and stress and related gastrointestinal disorders.  

Calm the hyperactivity of the organs  

Acupuncture helps to quickly calm the hyperactivity of the organs. The number of patients with these symptoms is numerous. In Western medicine, they receive neuroleptics which make them sluggish. Acupuncture therapy manages to regularize these patients without breaking them, which allows them to remain in society and helps them to avoid the psychiatric hospital that awaits them at the slightest aggravation.  

A reliable diagnostic system  

The diagnosis of an acupuncturist is based on the basic theory of Chinese medicine. This fundamental theory occupies half the time (acupuncturist) spent learning acupuncture. It is particularly explicit when it comes to the symptoms that one (acupuncturist) encounters in practice and it allows to very well understand the situation of the patient. This is a clear and indisputable advantage for acupuncture compared with other alternative medicines because none of these other medicines have such clear and effective theories to make a diagnosis.  

Influence the quality of sleep  

Acupuncture can have a positive effect on sleep. Sleep disorders can have several causes. A frequent awakening at 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning is an energetic disorder related to the gallbladder. While difficulty falling asleep, are due to a vacuum of "yin" or an excess of "yang". To treat effectively, you must find the origin of the symptom and work on the relevant meridian.  

Acupuncture for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome   

Polycystic ovary syndrome can be alleviated by using acupuncture and physical exercises. During a research, a group of women with this problem received electro acupuncture regularly for four months. As a result, they had their normal menstrual cycle and hormonal levels regulated. Women with polycystic ovaries do not normally ovulate, which can lead to infertility, increase the risk of obesity, and develop type 2 diabetes and the development of cardiovascular disease.  

Increases fertility  

Acupuncture is used to increase the chances of pregnancy since it increases the amount of blood that reaches the uterus, making the uterine walls thicker and, therefore, making fecundity easier. It also manages to reduce "stress hormones" that reduces acidity in the stomach, as well as digestion, in pregnant women.   

Reduces side effects of radiation   

Many of the patients, who receive radiation therapy for cancer, make use of acupuncture to reduce some of the side effects that radiation has on their body. For example, it reduces nausea and dryness of the mouth, thus improving their quality of life. 
by Elena Smith
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Treatment at Acupuncture Therapy Clinic NYC varies for each individual. Physical therapy, trigger point therapy, and chiropractic care are not the only medical disciplines that help treat pain. Patients may require a more attentive healing that restores the body’s function and balance, acupuncture can do just that. 
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