Many people in China have been using acupuncture as a method of treatment and pain relief for very long now. Though traces of the treatment were noted in Europe hundreds of years ago, it was later on that the method was improvised widely in the Western as an alternative method of pain relief and treatment. This method involves insertion of a number of thin needles in the skin at some specific points and various depths. Though it has not been established clearly how it operates scientifically, there are some real benefits that come with it.
How to do acupuncture
Acupuncture usually involves a number of daily or fortnightly treatments. Most times, an individual might have to go through a course that may require him or her to go for up to 12 sessions. When you visit the acupuncturist, you will be involved in an exam and an assessment of your condition. Later on, the needles are inserted and you are issued with advice on how to take care of yourself. This may take around 30 minutes. After the needle insertion, the patient will be told to lie down either face up or face down or sideways. This will depend on where the needles will be inserted. The needles usually remain there for up to 20 minutes.
How does acupuncture work?
Traditional Chinese Medicine experts explain health is because of balance of complementary extremes (yin and yan) which is as a life force of gi or chi. They propose that illness is as a result of the imbalance of the involved forces. It is said that if the needles are inserted in the right points, energy may flow resulting into a more proper balance. This in turn relieves the person pain and leads to a faster restoration of health. Moreover, the treatment has been confirmed to relieve nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy.