Acupuncture is an alternative treatment that many people believe can help release energy throughout the body. It's an ancient Chinese form of health care that is becoming more commonly used in western society as people discover the benefits to their health and well-being.
In a study conducted at Yale University Medical School, acupuncture was demonstrated to reduce stress significantly. The study showed that the technique succeeded in lowering blood pressure, anxiety state, and heart rate in most test subjects.
Acupuncture is considered holistic medicine, and those who have been treated, in general, experience no side effects. This is in stark contrast to the many side effects often experienced when taking prescription medications to reduce anxiety and stress.
Acupuncture uses very thin needles, as thin as a single hair, to be placed in different pressure points on your body. These pressure points provide various health benefits, including insomnia, muscle pain, and chronic conditions. Let's explore more about acupuncture and how it might help with symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
WHY USE ACUPUNCTURE
No matter what you have been experiencing lately, mentally or physically, you can probably find a benefit to getting acupuncture. What often happens is that you go to heal one part of your body, while another ailment also gets relieved at the same time. This is the power of acupuncture, which doesn’t just spot treat you like what your doctor will do but promotes healing and wellness throughout your entire body at one time.
Acupuncture can be used for chronic pain of the head, shoulders, back, and other extremities and other chronic conditions. It can help to relieve pain from arthritis, osteoarthritis, migraines, and muscle spasms. You can get relief from insomnia and improve your digestive system. It has also been used for mood issues and depression.
One of the biggest questions asked by people who have never had it done is what exactly happens. When you hear that needles are used, it can be a scary concept, but this is a very relaxing and therapeutic practice going back centuries. When you go for acupuncture, the acupuncturist first asks why you are getting it, indicating where the needles will be placed. These are hair-thin, so you probably won’t even feel them. You will lay still completely relaxed as each needle is placed in the right pressure point on your body, then you are asked to continue lying still to let them work their magic.
EXTRA THINGS TO KNOW
Need more information before you go for your first acupuncture session? Here are some more things to know about it:
You might need multiple sessions – Acupuncture works great for many people, but sometimes you need to go more than once to get the full effects.
There are some feelings to it – While it should not cause pain, there might be some sensations during your session or for a little while afterward.
Choose the right acupuncturist – Choosing a good acupuncturist is just like choosing any health professional. You want to do your research, and if one doesn’t feel right, don’t be afraid to choose someone else. To find a licensed and certified acupuncture therapist visit the “National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine” on the web.
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