Acupuncture is a form of healing that uses thin needs inserted in the skins surface to relieve physical pain and restores peace and balance throughout the body.
This type of alternative medical treatment is the insertion of thin needles into the skin at specific points to remove pain and restore tranquility and peace. This treatment is believed to restore “life force”, which is also known as “chi” or “qi”. Pathways or meridians are sometimes blocked and cause illness. It is believed that by inserting specialized acupuncture needles into the skin (along the meridian) that positive energy flow will be restored and in turn, good mental and physical health.
The thin needles, usually thinner than a strand of human hair are sealed, sterile and disposable. They are usually made from stainless steel, which prevents breakage and rust. The lengths of the needles vary between 0.51 and 5.12 inches and the shorter needles are used near the eyes. The needle thickness vary because 0.006 and 0.018 inches. Thinner needles may require the aid of tubes for proper insertions. Needles that are too sharp can break more easily, but needles that are not sharp enough may cause pain in some patients.
Needles are usually inserted quickly by hand using a variety of techniques such as flicking and/or spinning.
The concept of Yin and Yang is a flow of life referred to as Qi (pronounced Chee). Qi flows through the body through meridians and according to Chinese medicine, this life force energy flow can become blocked and/or stagnant and disease can form.
Acupuncture is the treatment that will break the blockage of Qi and allow the positive energy life force to once again flow throughout the body. In turn Yin and Yang is returned to a balanced state of well-being. There are close to 2,000 points on the body that are considered acupuncture points that will heal the mind and soul, offer relief from pain and release from addictions (like smoking).
De-qi is known as the electrical feeling that patients experience at the site of needle insertion and this feeling may radiate along the meridian that corresponds with the insertion site. If de-qi is not achieved, then the wrong acupoint was found or the needle was not inserted deep enough into the skins surface.
Acupuncture is a eastern medical treatment that has been used for 2,500 years and inserted needles usually stay in place between 20 to 40 minutes. It is estimated that over three million Americans use acupuncture and this form of treat is more popular in countries outside the United States. One in every five individuals, in France for example, has used acupuncture for pain relief and other types of physical ailments.
Acupuncture is not a scientifically based medical treatment and the topic is still controversial today, but the individuals that sing the praises of this treatment in undeniable.
There are minimal negative side effects associated with acupuncture, but a slight discoloration of the skin may occur (this is common and not considered to be dangerous). Acupuncture is a great alternative treatment to steroids and prescription pain drugs.