Everything You Need to Know About Acupuncture

By Deborah Anderson
Updated April 7, 2015
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Everything You Need to Know About AcupunctureThe idea of using needles to relieve pain is new and intimidating to many people. However, several studies can be found to show that acupuncture has advantages over the regular use of painkillers.

For patients suffering from pain, research has established that the more they use the painkillers, the less effective they become. One-third of Americans live in pain. It is important for these sufferers to adopt a treatment method with a long-term solution to the problem, and this is where acupuncture comes into play.

It is important to dispel myths about this method of treatment so patients can better understand everything they need to know about acupuncture.

Acupuncture does not hurt. Patients need to understand that there is a big difference between acupuncture needles and the ones used for injection or for drawing blood. The needles come in varying sizes of length and thinness, with some as thin as hair. They can bend upon touch and once inserted into a patient’s body, they create a feeling of heaviness, not pain.

While the sensation may be unfamiliar to users who have not had the experience, it does not hurt and specialists are always ready to use the thinnest size of needle upon a patient’s request.

Patients need to know that acupuncture is not just for pain treatment. While it delivers wonderful results for various painful conditions such as postoperative pain, leg pain, back pain and more, these are just some of the conditions for which it can provide relief.

According to World Health Organization, acupuncture can assist in more than 50 health problems. Patients using the method can get relief from digestive complications, menstrual irregularities, asthma, stress and anxiety, insomnia and more. Some acupuncturists specialize in a given area, while others just offer solutions to a wide range of conditions.

Acupuncture, like other medical treatments, needs to be consistent. It is not a one-time job that delivers immediate results. Patients must be consistent to the dose prescribed by a specialist. For conditions that have lasted for a considerable duration, it is advisable for the patient to take a series of treatments. If for example a patient fails to notice improvement after ten appointments, it is safe to try another acupuncturist.

Acupuncture teaches patients gratitude. Acupuncture also works on the idea of using what the body already has to treat itself. It does not take or add anything to the body. Instead, it motivates the body to do what it already knows how to do. This enables patients to appreciate what the body already has as a means to treat itself.

In addition to the facts mentioned, acupuncture too, has side effects. However, most of its side effects are positive. Additional benefits patients can get from using the method include better sleep, improved digestion, less stress and anxiety, improved energy, and mental clarity. That means that a patient using acupuncture is likely to benefit more from the treatment.

Minor negative side effects may also exist, even though they are quite infrequent. They include fatigue, temporary soreness after the treatment, bruising, light-headedness, and emotional release. These are minimal however and do not pose long-term danger to patients.

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