It involves the use of a sterile single-use needle to treat different diseases such as acute disorders, like pain and chronic illnesses. This is based on the philosophy of traditional Chinese Medicine and treatment is to fix functional disorder rather than just the symptoms. Heat and electro-acupuncture are add-ons for selected conditions.
Symptoms you may experience for acupuncture
• Erectile dysfunction
• Chronic prostatitis
• Low backache
• Frozen shoulder
• Knee ache
• Giddiness and tinnitus
• Depression and insomnia
• Chronic cough
• Abdominal aches
• Weight gain
How to prevent?
Modification of lifestyle, healthy diet and regular workouts are important even as we manage the symptoms of pain using acupuncture.
Why it’s done
Acupuncture is known to be useful in treating a number of health problems, including
• Dental pain
• Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines
• Labour pain
• Low back pain
• Neck pain
• Menstrual cramps
• Respiratory disorders, such as allergic rhinitis
• Loss weights
Many people use acupuncture to support fertility. This is also used to stop smoking and as a component of the treatment for other addictions.
To enhance the skin’s appearance cosmetic acupuncture is used which is also known as facial acupuncture.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Here is a look at some advantages of acupuncture from the available research:
1. Reduced Stress
Stress is one of the key reasons people seek help with acupuncture. Whether it demands from our work or personal stresses that we place on ourselves, nearly 78 per cent of us agree we feel the physical stress symptoms. Although work is a big trigger, it has been proven that acupuncture decreases stress hormones and improves mood to minimize anxiety and boost overall feelings of happiness
2. Reduced Back Pain, Neck Strain and Relief Joint Pain in the Hands and Arms
Keyboards, heavy backpacks, mobile phones and bad posture are just a few of the culprits that generate the kind of pain that penetrates our working day and keeps us up at night. Acupuncture provides drug-free pain relief, while also reducing inflammation and swelling.
3. Relief from Headaches
Acupuncture therapy has been used for thousands of years to treat headaches. Recent findings have shown that with migraines, acupuncture can minimize days, which can have lasting effects. With the most common side effects being euphoria and relaxation, acupuncture is a treatment of choice for those looking for a less invasive, drug-free solution
4. Reduced Eye Strain
Acupuncture will relieve eye strain that is often connected to neck stress. Acupuncture also treats many eye ailments including myopia (short-sightedness), hypermetropia (long-sightedness), cataract, glaucoma, presbyopia, astigmatism, amblyopia (lazy eye), diplopia, colour blindness, and night blindness.
5. Improved Immune System and Reduced Sick Days
Acupuncture may help fight off pathogens by boosting the body’s immune system. Acupuncture treatment may also minimize the duration of a cold and relieve debilitating symptoms that keep you feeling miserable and away from work.
6. Enhanced Mental Clarity and Increased Energy
Acupuncture patients report enhanced mental clarity and often experience a surge of increased energy. Improved sleep is an additional benefit, which is why acupuncture is used to treat sleep disorders like insomnia.
7. Relief from Digestive Conditions
The link between digestive health and overall health is inescapable. Acupuncture can effectively regulate the digestive system, which is good news for those plagued by gastrointestinal problems.
8. Allergy Relief
Acupuncture may be key in preventing allergies but it is important to being treatments to strengthen your body before allergy season begins. Acupuncture may also reduce allergy symptoms and can be used in place of or in conjunction with antihistamines.
9. Reduced Cigarette Craving
Acupuncture on the path to quitting or reducing smoking habits may be successful. It also facilitates lung tissue repair while increasing relaxation and detoxification in the body, In addition to helping ease jitters, curb cravings, and lessen irritability.
Over-strain, over-exertion, eating too much. Not having enough sleep and enough rest. Inadequate meal and fluid consumption such as over-indulgence of alcohol, fried fatty food. Not compliant to conventional medications prescribed by their physicians.
If you have a qualified, licensed acupuncture practitioner using sterile needles, the risks of acupuncture are low. Common side effects include soreness and slight bleeding or swelling where the needles were inserted. Single-use, sterile needles are now the practice standard and there is a low chance of infection. Not all are a suitable candidate for acupuncture. You could face complications if you:
• Have a bleeding disorder. Whether you have a bleeding problem or you are taking blood thinners, the risk of bleeding or bruising from the needles increase.
• Have a pacemaker. Acupuncture involving applying mild electrical pulses to the needles may interfere with a pacemaker’s operation.
• Are pregnant. It is believed that some kinds of acupuncture to stimulate labour, which may result in premature birth.
Common prescription medicines are Analgesics such as paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs e.g. ibuprofen, naproxen.
Many acupuncture related conditions are anxiety and stress.