Acupuncture has been around for ages. Originating from China at about 200 BCE, this has been used by most healers in the East and is rapidly gaining popularity in Western countries as well. It has been noted to be an effective alternative relieving procedure for certain conditions, including allergies, and helps in the regulation of chronic diseases such as hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus. As such, it cannot be denied that most people will have acupuncture anxiety. It is not unbeknownst to us that the procedure requires the sticking of long needles into certain areas of the body (termed as acupuncture points); and there are so many of us who try to avoid getting shots because of the syringe needles. But after they finally have a go for one session, they find that the procedure is actually painless. That’s because the needles used for it are extremely thin; they are less than half a millimeter in diameter and can be thinner than a strand of hair.
Nevertheless, it seems that sticking a really thin needle onto your skin (without the introduction of medicine as in syringes) doesn’t seem to be so medicinal, so how does acupuncture work? The principle rests on the belief that positive energy or “Qi” flows around inside of the body; in the organs, nerves blood vessels and cells. A disruption in the balance will then cause disease and an unsound body. This imbalance is caused by blockages that prevent the flow of the good energy. Thus, the insertion of a needle into a certain acupunture point will remove the blockage and allow the Qi to pass, which will then bring relief from the symptoms experienced. The ancient Chinese have been able to make a diagram of these different points, and this is the same thing that the modern acupuncturists still use.
Now, what acupuncture benefits can an individual take advantage of? First, it may be used in conjunction with other therapies if not used on its own. This is because you will not need to take any medication, but you will rely solely on the unhindered flow of blood and good energy within your body. Another advantage is that one may have acupuncture back pain relief, in the event that most pain medications are contraindicated for a person. As the procedure is done to the person, he or she may get a feeling of relaxation, as it can relieve anxiety and cause tired muscles to be freed from tension. People may also resort to acupuncture fertility problems; but it is said that this will be more effective in correction of ovulation cycles rather than unblock sperm ducts.
Apart from the respite from back, leg and other body pains, as well as inability to conceive, the acupuncture cost may also be referred to as an advantage. A session may cost around $60 to $120, with routine visits ranging from $50 to $70, depending on what component procedures may need to be added to the therapy to stimulate wellness. This is relatively a reasonable way to feel relief from aches, pains and discomforts, and enjoy a de-stressing remedy.
If you’re wondering if acupuncture side effects are common, well, they aren’t. When done by a licensed and proficient acupuncturist, a patient may not feel any discomfort or experience harmful side effect. There are isolated cases wherein a patient may be allergic to the stainless steel needle used. Some cases of hematoma were noted, as well as temporary drops in the blood pressure. All the same, acupuncture rarely poses harmful side effects for the patient who chooses to undergo it.