Ask those who swear by Acupuncture how the technique helps the body, and you be told that it triggers the flow of healing energy leading to a decrease in pain and a boost in mood.
Acupuncture is a holistic Chinese traditional technique of relieving pain. It involves carefully jamming special needles through the skin at specific points of the body known as acupoints.
Before getting to it, the acupuncturist will ask you some questions and assess your condition. They then carefully insert the needles and use some stimulation techniques to enhance the healing process. Manual massage, application of topical herbal medicines, heat therapy, pressure, and electrical stimulation are the most commonly used techniques. The needles stay on between 5-30 minutes before being removed. Depending on your condition, you may need one to three acupuncture treatments for positive results.
Benefits of Acupuncture.
Acupuncture boosts your body’s functions triggering the release of natural anesthetics leading to self-healing. How? When the needles are jammed into your skin, they stimulate the connective tissue and nerves releasing nitric oxide, which in turn increases the flow of blood and triggers the release of therapeutic hormones.
But it is not a painful procedure at all. Except for the mild stinging sensation, you are going to feel as each needle pierce your skin, the rest of the procedure is quite healing; expect a rush in warm and cooling sensations leading to a decrease in pain and improvement in mood.
Acupuncture also helps to restore homeostasis; did you experience a rush in warm and cooling sensation? Yes, that is your homeostatic system working. Before, it was a bit wacky. Chemicals and toxins in your body were wrecking all manner of havoc, but during acupuncture, the increase in blood flow means blood sugar level is restored, hormones are balanced, toxins are carried to eliminating organs, and so on.
Conditions that may be managed using Acupuncture
An imbalance in the homeostatic system leads to weariness, aging, increase in illnesses, among others. By focusing on restoring this system, Acupuncture proves to be an efficient, holistic healing process that focuses on the whole body, including the mental. Acupuncture, therefore, seems to be the answer to almost everything, from slowing down the aging process to managing chronic pain, treating insomnia, infertility and even being used in combination with traditional weight loss methods, Acupuncture is now widely appreciated.
Among the conditions the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) says can surely be helped with Acupuncture include acupuncture chronic anxiety, migraines, neck, joint, knee and lower back pain, low and high blood pressure, cramps, and osteoarthritis among others.
Before booking a session with an acupuncturist, though, keep in mind that there are risks involved. If you have a bleeding disorder, this is not for you. Other risks involve the use of unsterile needles and wrong insertion procedures. Always seek the services of a qualified, licensed, and experienced acupuncturist.
For safe, powerful, healing acupuncture sessions, visit our Acupuncture Continuum center in Encinitas. Our team of experienced holistic healers guarantees positive results just after a few sessions.