Alternative Medicine: Acupuncture

What Is It?

Acupuncture originated from the Chinese, and they’ve been practicing this treatment for thousands of years. According to their beliefs, your body is filled with these energy channels in your body called “qi.” The blockage of these energy channels is what causes your body pains and anxiety. Acupuncture aims to bring back the balance of this life force, resetting the yin and yang back to harmony. 

How Does A Typical Session Begin?

The process starts with an initial assessment of your lifestyle, including your health concerns and sources of stress. Treatment involves inserting needles into acupuncture points around your body to unblock the flow of your qi. Unlocking these channels stimulates blood flow and release of positive feelings that energize your wellbeing. Acupuncturists access your qi through points called meridians, which are pathways of energy flow.

What Are Some Benefits To This?

Satisfied customers have reported that this age-old therapy has helped ease their back pain, neck pain, and headaches. It’s also been said to help with more severe conditions like arthritis, high blood pressure, and ulcers. Researchers theorize that these acupuncture points stimulate muscles, nerves as well as connective tissues, in their attempt to understand more about this alternative therapy. When performed correctly and by a trained specialist, it is entirely safe with minimal side effects. It is most effective when it’s supplemented with other standard medical treatments.

Other Things to Expect

You are typically asked to lie on your back, but sometimes on your front or side. Disposable, single-use, sterile needles are used, which can feel like a pinch as the needles are kept in place for 5 to 30 minutes. It’s completely normal to feel a tingling sensation, but alert your acupuncturist if you experience any prolonged pain or numbness. They will also use other techniques in addition to acupuncture, like suction from glass cups and herbal teas.

Some Risks To Be Aware Of

Acupuncture is not recommended for patients with bleeding disorders. Sometimes bleeding and soreness may occur on sites where the needle is inserted. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strictly regulates the production of acupuncture needles to ensure sterility, you should still check that the needles used on you are safe. 

The length of treatment depends on the individual’s condition and can last up to several months. You can search for nationally certified Longmont acupuncture practitioners online. Make sure the specialist you contact is appropriately licensed, and don’t be afraid to ask if your insurance policy covers for your acupuncture treatment.