When you picture an acupuncture session, you’re probably trying to figure out how someone with a face full of needles could possibly relax. Also, how do the needles even work? Do they distribute medicine throughout the body somehow? What will that even help with?
Well, fear not: we have the answers to all your acupuncture questions and reservations right here in this week’s suggestion of Holistic Healing Techniques You Should Try!
Acupuncture: A History (Or, A General Summation)
Falling under the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) umbrella, acupuncture is a type of therapy said to ease and relieve certain chronic pain, like lower-back pain, neck pain, tension headaches, and even osteoarthritis. As a system of complementary medicine, it has also been used to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy as well as boost energy, improve sleep, and enhance one’s emotional well-being.
Acupuncture is said to bring one’s energy flow, or Qi, back into proper balance. It does this through 350 specific points on the body; the needles are used to on these points to stimulate muscles, nerves, and connective tissues. This stimulation is what helps relieve pain and enhance your overall wellbeing. Of course, it isn’t all just needles: cupping, moxibustion (heat therapy), massage, and certain herbal medicines all make up the acupuncture family, but more on that later.
Whatever form of acupuncture you’re receiving, so long as you’ve done your research and found a safe, reliable, certified acupuncturist (preferably through HealingRadius), you can rest easy knowing that acupuncture is completely safe and has relatively few side effects. The needles used are opened and sterilized at each appointment for each new client to help prevent the risk of infection. And the only thing you may need to watch out for is a little bleeding, soreness, or bruising at the sites where needles were inserted, but it shouldn’t be anything too bad.
Types of Acupuncture
Can diagnose and treat headaches, allergies, and pain disorders
Does so by stimulating acupuncture points on the external ear surface only
This one’s name sort of gives away where the needles go
Meant to stimulate underlying functional areas of the brain that correlate with certain nervous-system disorders and diseases
Spinal cord injury
Chronic muscle spasms
Uses gentle techniques and tools to help those uncomfortable with needles or children or older adults whose chronic conditions may have left them weakened
Glass, bamboo, or earthenware cups are placed on points of the body to create suction
Increases blood flow to speed up the healing process
Uses moxa, made from dried mugwort, a small, spongy herb
Moxa is burned on or very near the skin to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi
Carpal tunnel syndrome
High blood pressure
So What Are You Waiting For?
Like we said, all you need to get the benefits of acupuncture is a safe, reliable therapist, which you can find right here at HealingRadius.com! Got any more questions about the practice or what to expect? Leave us a comment!
Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.