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Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that’s commonly used as a pain relief technique. It typically involves the use of thin needles that get pushed into the skin all over the body. There’s a lot of research backing up the benefits of this treatment, and it has many uses.

 

If you’re thinking about getting acupuncture treatment and want to learn more, then this blog post will explain exactly how acupuncture works, what it’s commonly used to treat, the benefits, and any risks.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture should be carried out by trained professionals who will insert different needles into your body at specific points. The way it works is complicated to explain as nobody really know precisely how it works. There are multiple theories, with the traditional Chinese explanation that it helps bring balance to your ‘Qi’ or internal life force. By applying pressure to different points in your body, it’s said to stimulate the flow of energy and bring balance.

 

The more modern explanations revolve around stimulation. The different acupuncture points are positions that allow your muscles and nerves to be stimulated. As a result, this can release things like endorphins, increase blood flow to an area, and trigger your natural defense mechanism.  

 

Although difficult to fully explain, numerous scientific studies prove acupuncture has worked in many patients.

What are the uses?

Most people get acupuncture as a pain relief treatment. It’s been shown to help with the following:

 

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Headaches
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Inflammation

 

Away from pain relief, it’s also thought to help with other conditions, such as:

 

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Weight loss
  • Stomach problems

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

As long as your acupuncture treatment is carried out by an expert, it can prevent you with a range of benefits.

 

For one, it’s a natural treatment method which doesn’t call upon any chemicals or any drugs. Secondly, it’s completely safe, and you don’t need to be put under any anesthetics to experience it. Thirdly, the fact it’s natural means you can use other treatments alongside it; such as pain relief medication, physiotherapy, and so on.

 

Furthermore, it’s been proven to help relieve different types of pain, particularly those caused by inflammation. Acupuncture can also be an alternative treatment for anybody who can’t have regular pain medication because of allergies or other risk factors.

 

Lastly, there are very few side effects. In fact, provided it’s carried out correctly, the majority of patients won’t experience any at all.

What are the risks?

While it is safe, there are a few risks to be aware of, and it mainly depends on the patient in question.

 

For example, if you have a blood disorder, then it’s not recommended that you get this treatment done. The same goes for anyone currently taking blood thinners as it’s potentially problematic for you.

 

There is also the slight risk of bleeding or bruising if you’re sensitive, and it can feel sore the first time you have it done.

 

All things considered, acupuncture can be a very useful treatment if you’re suffering from chronic pain or other problems. If you’re interested in trying it, then make sure you contact Dr. Choi Acupuncture today. You’ll be seen by an experienced professional, ensuring the experience is as comfortable and effective as possible.