Originating from China, acupuncture dates back thousands of years but is only recently becoming a popular form of physical therapy in the Western world. Due to this rapid growth in popularity, those who would otherwise have been intimidated by the concept are now intrigued by its therapeutic value more than ever.
Traditional Chinese medicine accredits good health to a harmonious balance of qi (energy) within the body and, consequently, bad health to disharmony or imbalance in the meridians (pathways) through which qi flows through the body. By stimulating acupuncture points (or acupoints) it is believed that you can correct disruptions in the flow of the qi. The practice involves puncturing the skin with thin needles at various depths and in very precise combinations along the appropriate acupoints.
Acupuncture claims to treat scores of health conditions, which include: chronic pains, digestive disorders, respiratory problems, as well as more psychological stresses such as depression and insomnia. Despite controversial claims from skeptics that the art of Chinese acupuncture is nothing more than outdated pseudo-science, there is no evidence to prove that there is no beneficial effect at all. In fact, many studies have suggested otherwise, alongside generations of people swearing by its effectiveness in reducing, if not curing, their aches and pains where other more conventional forms of treatment could not. Doctors do state however that acupuncture should not be used as a replacement for modern medical care, but should instead be approached as a therapeutic accompaniment to aid the alleviation of medical symptoms – in conjunction with other holistic medicines of course such as a healthy diet and exercise.
As with many forms of invasive therapy, you are advised to take caution before undertaking acupuncture treatment. Ensure that the treatment will be administered by a trained practitioner who will assess your condition beforehand. Treatments usually consist of multiple visits which will be determined by the acupuncturist, depending on how many and how frequently they presume to be necessary at the time. Though generally, risks are minimal, it is important to make certain that all needles are sterilized before use to prevent the risk of infection, but aside from that, for those who are interested but still wary, you can rest assured that as long as the acupuncturist is an experienced professional you should be in safe hands.
Chinese acupuncture is often regarded as being physical therapy suitable for anyone (though please note that it can be dangerous if you are taking blood thinners or have a blood disorder). Statistics indicate that Chinese acupuncture will continue to increase in popularity. After all, the art form has survived thousands of years this far and, with its recent rise in Western fame, who’s to say that it won’t withstand thousands more?
Could you benefit from Chinese acupuncture?
You may want to consider acupuncture if you suffer from:
– Immune Disorders
– Circulatory Disorders
– Ear, Eye, Nose, Throat Disorders
– Respiratory Disorders
– Gastrointestinal Disorders
– Emotional and Psychological Disorders
– Gynecological or Genitourinary Disorders
– Neurological or Musculoskeletal Disorders
– Dermatological Disorders