Acupuncture: A Patient’s Choice

The use of acupuncture has been going on for thousands of years; Chinese medicine has used this method as a form of health care. Acupuncture is the placement of needles on a body to help stimulate the process of natural self-healing. Western medicine does not put as much credit on the benefits of acupuncture.

Who Benefits

For a patient who is in chronic pain due to illness or disability, acupuncture should be an affordable choice. Acupuncture has been known to provide relief from those suffering vomiting or nausea due to chemotherapy treatments. Others have used acupuncture for headaches, lower back pain, depression, fibromyalgia and much more. Choosing an alternative form of medicine should be discussed with a health care professional prior to seeking treatment.

Method

The acupuncture points can be found all over the human body. Each point is designed to relieve pressure or pain in a specific region of the body. The points might not necessarily be where the direct pain is located. Once the practitioner determines where the points are on the body; the insertion of needles will begin.
• The placement of acupuncture needles is the first step. The thinness of the needles helps in almost eliminating all of the discomfort from the insertion. The amount of needles used depends on the type of treatment. In general, 5 to 20 needles are used in one setting.
• The placement of the needles is followed by the manipulation process. The needles are often heated or hooked to system to provide small mild electronic pulses. The practitioner will slowly move the needles either by applying pressure, twirling or moving the needles side to side. The movement is to help stimulate the self-healing process.
• The process usually takes around twenty minutes. The removal of the needles is the final step which usually has no side effects or discomfort.

Results

The results will vary from person to person which is the reason many health care professionals do not use this method. The statistics of success are hard to measure. Often people will feel energized after a treatment session. The patient may see results in easy pain or side effects from in condition. For those who do find a change for the better; health insurance should cover the costs of the alternative treatment.

The health care and medical industry does not fully embrace the use of acupuncture. The results are wide-ranging. Many patients will insist on the use of acupuncture while others do not see a change. The choice of health care should be in the hands of the well informed patient.


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