Although very little modern day scientific research substantiates the millennium old beliefs about acupuncture, there are many who firmly believe its benefits. Acupuncture is believed to result in therapeutic advantages and significant relief after treatments. Acupuncture treatment requires thin metal needles to be inserted into the body at specific points to release inner blockages causing pain and discomfort. According to ancient acupuncture charts plotting the energy flows connected to health and well being of vital organs, blood and general well being the body is covered in trigger points.
These trigger points may become blocked by muscle spasms or other health reasons thereby restricting essential unimpeded energy flow through the entire body. There are 12 major channels that flow from the top of the skull to the tips of each toe. Known as the yin and yang, these flows work in pairs flowing in opposing directions to their counterpart.
Trigger points in the chest control the effectiveness of heart lungs and the fibrous membrane sac surrounding the heart that connects to various main blood vessels known as the pericardium. These three channels flow from the chest through the arm to the hand. Their opposing channels flow outwards from the hand up the arm to the head. These directly influence all the intestines.
Likewise a yang channel runs from the eye region to the foot and impacts the stomach, bladder and gallbladder. There are yin channels starting with the kidneys, spleen and liver that originate in the feet and flow to the flank and chest areas.
These trigger points are small and in some cases minute. Correct placement and effective treatment requires expertise. It is advisable to consult with a highly recommended practitioner that is well qualified and has a lot of experience.
Today, disposable stainless steel needles are used by most acupuncturists. These needles are sterilized with ethylene oxide and are made of quality materials. They are fortified at one end for easier handling. Needle holding ends are sometime heated to assist treatment by means of heat that flows through a needle into its trigger point releasing energy flow.
Patients with an aversion to needles experience little or no discomfort during a treatment session. Once the needles are inserted, patients need to rest in that position for 30 minutes before the needles are removed. Depending on the area treated, patients may feel either sleepy, energized, or relaxed after a session.
Using acupuncture to treat various types of pain and the resulting pain relief are universally accepted. Other benefits from acupuncture include increasing blood circulation to an injured area, relieving pain from sports injuries, fighting insomnia, correcting hormonal imbalances, aiding digestion, and giving relief to a variety other health problems. There have been studies that show the side effects of chemo therapy have been successfully treated with acupuncture needles.
Many people continue to debate the benefits of acupuncture. One fact, however, remains. Millions of people annually find relief from debilitating headaches, muscle pain, back discomfort, and other ailments. Trust and belief in acupuncture treatment is often 50% of the battle in fighting against any ailment.