Understanding Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a medical therapy which originates from ancient China. It is a form of treatment that works by painlessly placing hair-thin metal needles into the skin at specific locations on the human body known as ‘Acupuncture Points’, the belief being that this corrects the imbalances of ‘qi’ (life force or energy) which traditional Chinese medicine dictates flows throughout the body.

Although the medical effects and benefits of Acupuncture have been questioned, this medical practice is very popular and is available worldwide. It has accreditation authorities – and schools – in the United States, Canada, Britain and most Oriental countries. As of July 2012, Acupuncture also became registered as a health profession at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). In most cases, the natural health clinics that provide Acupuncture also offer a wide range of other alternative health services. These services range from relaxation therapy, body massage, nutritional advice and counseling to provision of herbal medicine and bio-oxidative therapy.

The defining characteristic of these clinics is that they focus on personal wellbeing, in effect complimenting rather than seeking to replace conventional drugs and surgery.


How Acupuncture actually works:

While the benefits of Acupuncture have been known for at least two centuries, it is only recently that a scientific understanding of how this therapy actually works has begun to emerge. Although ancient Chinese medical practitioners believed that acupuncture helped to fix the flow of qi around the human body, which when disrupted was thought to cause disease, these ancient beliefs do not correlate with modern medicine’s understanding of the body.  However the pain and nausea relieving effects that so many experience from Acupuncture cannot be denied.

It is now generally believed that Acupuncture works by rapidly reducing the flow of blood to the part of brain involved in mood, pain and cravings. This is the part of the brain that, interestingly, produces a natural chemical which reacts to the presence of food as well as such intoxicating chemicals as cocaine. Other theories suggest that acupuncture somehow recruits the body’s n pain system which increases the release of ‘feel-good’ hormones such as endorphins, serotonin, norepinephrine, or gamma-aminobutyric acid.

Health Benefits of Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is known to have various health benefits. Medical and scholarly research has show that it is particularly helpful in its symptomatic control of pain and nausea. The best known benefit is the relief of acute and persisted muscular pain, particularly lower back pain and migraines. It is also used to manage nausea and cravings, a fact that has made it an increasingly popular addiction-fighting therapy.

Lesser known benefits of acupuncture include its use in fertility and childbirth. Acupuncture in this area acts as a support treatment for women suffering from natural fertility problems including those already undergoing conventional fertility treatments. Acupuncture is also widely used on women having pregnancy and menstrual complications, as well as in men having semen problems. Patients recuperating from surgery or undergoing cancer treatment also use acupuncture to manage the pain, as well as the nausea and vomiting that is often caused by treatments such as chemotherapy.

So if you are unhappy with your current pain management regime, or would simply like to compliment your current medical treatment with a holistic approach then perhaps you should consider Acupuncture.

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