Acupuncture has been known in the Eastern works for thousands of years. It originates from China, and in the West, it was unknown except for the last 50 years. Acupuncture is insertion of a very thinly and long needles in the specific points in human body. Chinese developed theories about those specific body points and its value for certain disorders for centuries.
In the beginning of 20th century, acupuncture slowly become popular in America, at first with Chinese immigrants who broth it in the country, and latter among the general population.
Procedure of Acupuncture
Acupuncture usually takes several weekly treatments in 15 days. After you visit licensed acupuncturist, he or she will evaluate your overall physical and mental conditions and your specific symptoms. After that patient lie down on the back or on the face, and then acupuncturist, using single use disposable and sterile needles, inserts them in the places related to your symptoms.
Although you feel the actual puncture in the skin, you should not feel any pain at all. In some cases needles are heated or stimulated with mild electricity in order to enhance the heeling impact. Effects of acupuncture are explained by Western medicine by concepts of neuroscience. Acupuncture points are places where nerves, muscles and connection tissue intersect in the body, and it can be stimulated.
Who May Benefit for Acupuncture Treatment
It is very difficult for scientific studies to precisely evaluate true effects of acupuncture on some diseases and conditions of patients, but some studies that have been made of this subjects shows that acupuncture can be beneficial in cases of hypertension, treatments of lower back pain, migraines, post operative dental pain, fibromyalgia, chemotherapy induced vomiting and nauseas and osteoarthritis.
Risks and Benefits of Acupuncture
Because all treatments and therapies have both benefits and risks, so does acupuncture. Some of the benefits may be that when acupuncture is performed correctly it is safe, it is very effective in pain management, in combination treatments, it is good alternative for patients who do not want to take pain medications and the patients who does not respond to conventional treatments, and it has no known side effects.
Potential risk of acupuncture may be that it may be dangerous for patients with bleeding disorder, or patient is on the blood thinner medications, in some cases they may be bruising or bleeding at the insertion places, and needle may break or damage some internal organ.