Acupuncture is a treatment method that has been around for over 3000 years. The fact that it is currently accepted as a mainstream alternative to conventional treatments is a testament to its effectiveness. As early as 1997, the U.S National Institute of Health acknowledged its safety and efficacy and publicized its documented evidence. It is one of the most popular holistic approaches to treatment with no synthetic medication and the associated adverse effects.
Acupuncture helps in the treatment and management of various health conditions, but the most popular one is acupuncture for pain. Some of the other conditions treated by acupuncture include the one below, which has been identified by the WHO as being treated or managed effectively by acupuncture.
· High and low blood pressure
· Chemotherapy treatment symptoms like vomiting and nausea
· Ear infection
· Sore throat
· Constipation and stomach aches
· Urinary incontinence
It also helps with several skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and rashes. It can also help with emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression, stress, irritability, and insomnia. The treatment can also help with lifestyle health conditions, including alcoholism, drug, and smoking addiction.
Acupuncture for pain treatment also covers a wide range of conditions and sources of the pain from short term pain to chronic pain. These conditions include;
· Arthritis and tendonitis
· Lower and upper back pain
· Pain from migraines and other headaches
· Post-surgical pain
· Muscle spasms and tremors
· Neurological pain
· Menopause pain
· PMS pain
Acupuncture is also effective and useful for athletes and those who suffer from sports injuries. Pain conditions form sports where acupuncture helps include elbow injuries, sprains and strains, splints, and other injuries. By relieving the pain, the treatment offers increased mobility and aids faster recovery.
Philosophy behind acupuncture
Acupuncture is based on the ancient oriental philosophy that the body’s health is based on the smooth flow of the life-giving force known as Qi. Any imbalance results in illness and pain, and, to restore the proper balance, the acupuncturist focuses on the pathways through which the Qi flows. Access is possible through 350 acupuncture points in the body, and needles are inserted in proper combinations depending on the medical condition.
While scientific proof is not conclusively given for how acupuncture works, experts have used neuroscience to explain that the meridians are a location where muscles, nerves, and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation increases blood flow in the affected areas and triggers the action of the body’s pain killers and restorative agents.
Acupuncture offers several benefits to the treatment for pain including;
1. It is a safe procedure when done by a professional
2. Has few light side-effects
3. It can safely and effectively be used along with other treatments.
4. It works for a variety of conditions.
5. It helps patients who cannot use drugs.
If you are looking to manage any of these or other health conditions, your best port of call is Acupuncture Continuum, a specialist center in oriental medicine. We have been serving San Diego and Encinitas since 1996, and the owner Ms. Sulgar has a Masters in Oriental Medicine.
Not only do you benefit from our experience and expertise, but we also have one of the largest Chinese herbal apothecaries in the county. The experience and knowledge make us able to help patients with varied conditions. Call today for a free consultation and let us help you get better.