Traditional Chinese medicine postulates that there are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, which are connected by 20 pathways (12 main, 8 secondary) called meridians. Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing. It works by restoring balance and boosting the body’s natural vitality so that healing can occur.
Top Reasons People Go for Acupuncture:
Stress – Stress is pretty common reason for acupuncture treatments. Destressing creates more manageable lifestyles, while still performing at their peak.
Body Pain – Back pain, neck pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, joint pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Acupuncture helps to loosen all of that cramps and pain points.
Anxiety and Depression – Many of the patients often come in search of a healing modality that helps them address their anxiety and depression without medication.
Fertility –IVF acupuncture can increase the efficacy of in-vitro fertilization. Acupuncture not only reduces stress but can increase the number of follicles produced, help to thicken the endometrial lining and decrease the side effects of IVF medications.
Food Cravings – Acupuncture is an effective treatment that not only reduces food cravings but can also improve the overall health, as well as energy, in the body.
Smoking Cessation –In addition to acupuncture sessions, there are some great herbal formulas out there to help clear up the Lungs.
Digestive Issues –Bowel movement, how the poop is formed, it’s color, and sometimes even the smell.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome –Most notably felt in the midline of the inside of the wrist. This is due to the compression of the median nerve, which causes pain, numbness, or limited mobility of the fingers, hand, wrist, and/or arm. Acupuncture helps to open the area and bring qi flow into what may have previously been a stagnant part of the body.
Things to Look for while going for ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture is gaining currency as an alternative therapy to Western medicine. First-time patients don’t know what to expect during their first ever session. With various styles of acupuncture available and a wide variety of techniques at the disposal of an Acupuncturist, here are some of the most common tips to know about:
1. Acupuncture treats more than pain.
It is unfortunate when patients cancel appointments complaining of a cough, cold stomach viruses. Actually, acupuncture for pain can treat these common ailments. According to the World Health Organization, Acupuncture is helpful in treating a wide variety of problems including mental and emotional stress, cancer, skin diseases, neurological disorders, dentistry, infections, childbirth, and gout to name a few.
2. Don’t go in on an empty stomach.
Never go for your session with an acupuncturist on an empty stomach. You should have eaten something within a few hours before treatment. This can help your body have enough energy to maximize the treatment’s potential. Receiving acupuncture on an empty stomach may lead to lightheadedness, dizziness or even fainting.
3. No need to remove your clothes like you would for a massage.
Acupuncturists may need to access areas under your clothes, but they will properly drape you so that only small portions of skin are exposed. However, wearing loose clothing is worthwhile.
4. You may be asked to show your tongue, have your pulse taken and have your abdomen pressed.
Acupuncturists use this method to know about the state of your internal organs. In order to determine the best treatment for you. Also, just like reflexology on the hands and feet, different areas of the tongue, radial pulse and abdomen correspond to different organ systems of the body.
5. Expect embarrassing questions.
For more accurate diagnosis, acupuncturists often ask questions that could include asking for detailed descriptions of your bowel movements, urination, and menstruation for women.
6. Acupuncture needles are much thinner than hypodermic needles.
If the thought of needles turns you off, keep in mind that acupuncture needles are about the width of two to three strands of hair and are actually quite flexible. Often people are surprised how little they feel both at insertion and after they are in place. In fact, it is not uncommon for clinics to be full of snoring patients!
7. Acupuncturists don’t reuse needles
So, virtually no chances of contracting a disease because the needles are made of very thin and flexible surgical grade stainless steel.
8. Acupuncturists use more than needles.
Most acupuncturists use a variety of other therapies falling under the label of “Chinese Medicine” such as acupressure (pressure instead of needles over acupuncture points), Tuina (massage), Guasha (scraping of the skin), cupping (suction of the skin), Moxibustion (heating of the skin), Chinese herbs or Qi Gong (energy healing). Depending on their training, your diagnosis, and your comfort level expect to get a treatment ideal for you.
Since, in this alternative healing system, it’s a healing modality that addresses the whole body, mind, and spirit, it really can run the gamut! Acupuncture is not a one size fits all experience. Here one does not simply use a single acupuncture point to address a specific symptom. An acupuncture treatment rebalances the energy flow of the body and this shift has the potential to elicit reactions within the body that one may not be used to. There are typical patterns of reactions to a treatment but the specifics are unique to each individual and situation.
Being treated in a holistic manner requires some redefining in many areas of one’s lifestyle. At River City Wellness & Acupuncture, the treatments are focused on supporting the entire body, which is done by looking at the different aspects that make up one’s health.