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How Can Acupuncture Help Treat Pain and Many Other Ailments?

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Acupuncture first originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, and has gained popularity in the United States in over the past 40 years.

As reported by the Huffington Post on Monday, August 1, 2016, while acupuncture is not a cure-all treatment, it provides as a drug-free option for relieving different types of pain such as osteoarthritis, low back pain, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, carpel tunnel syndrome, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, postoperative pain and many more. Also, there have been studies that support acupuncture’s helpfulness in treating depression, digestive disorders, and menopause symptoms like hot flashes.

Commonly Asked Questions:

1. How or why acupuncture works?

It is not fully understood how or why acupuncture works, but it is based on the traditional Eastern theory that vital energy flows through pathways in the body, and when any of these pathways get blocked, pain and illness result. Thus, acupuncture clears the pathways to restore health. However, today, most U.S. medical doctors tend to believe that acupuncture works because it stimulates the nerves causing the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkiller hormones. It is also shown to increase blood circulation, decrease inflammation, and stimulate the immune system.

2. The needles, does it hurt?

An acupuncture treatment is nothing like getting a shot or blood drawn. In fact, it is quite relaxing. The needles are sterile and disposable, and as thin as a cat’s whisker. The number of needles used for each treatment can vary from a few, up to a dozen or more. And the location where the needles are actually stuck depends on the condition being treated.

You may feel a brief, sharp sensation when the needle is inserted, but generally it is not painful. The needles are typically inserted about one-quarter to an inch deep, and are left in place for about 20 minutes. The needles may sometimes be twirled or manipulated, or stimulated with electricity or heat. Once the needle is in place, one may feel a tingling sensation, numbness, mild pressure or warmth.

3. How many treatments are needed?

The number of treatments depends on the severity of the condition. Most licensed acupuncturist advice 12 treatments to be done weekly or biweekly.