The use of acupuncture as a health care system began at least two thousand years ago thus making it one of the oldest methods of treatment. Today, acupuncture is gaining in popularity and being used by different people from various social and cultural backgrounds. The treatment involves insertion of fine needles into specific acupuncture points along the body’s meridians in an effort to clear a possible energy blockage and encourage the flow of Qi. Acupuncture treatment takes a holistic approach in understanding the normal body functions and the process of the disease so that it can focus more on prevention of the illness rather than the cure. As a natural form of body healing, this treatment has the following health benefits:
Helps to eradicate migraines and headaches
Acupuncture stimulates a natural self-healing process of the body through the stimulation of specific anatomic sites, referred to as acupoints. This is done by inserting specially designed and sterilized needles on the acupoints. Heat, pressure or electrical stimulation are sometimes used to enhance the effects further. All these put together helps reduce migraines and completely eradicate headaches.
Relieving joint and back pain
Acupuncture has also been known to completely heal joint and back pain irrespective of the longevity of the problem. Most people who go for this type of treatment have always come back and recommended other clients who are suffering from the same problem. The treatment process involves strategic insertion of needles with the aim of releasing of endorphins commonly known as gate control theory. The treatment conceptualizes the stimulation of large nerve systems through application manipulation of nerves, which imitates the activity of cells that transmit pain signals from the body to the brain.
Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic disorder associated with the spreading of musculoskeletal pain. It is also the amount of pressure that a human body can stand before experiencing actual pain. People who suffer from this condition mostly complain of fatigue and insomnia. Acupuncture as a health care method is used to treat these patients by increasing the pain pressure threshold, reducing the pain intensity and improving the quality of sleep for the patient.
Inducing Labor Pain
The usage of acupoint makes a pregnant woman more likely to go into spontaneous labor. Through acupuncture, the expectant mother is taught specific acupoints that will be useful during nausea and back pains. Also, acupuncture treatment can be used to induce labor pain through manipulation of pressure in the spinal nerves. This should be done strictly under the supervision of a medical practitioner.
Treatment of Diabetic patients
When a person is stressed, certain hormones are released in the body. These hormones impact the body sugars and can raise them. Acupuncture can be used to relieve stress in diabetic patients which in turn will control the sugar levels in their bodies. This will also lower the heart rate and blood pressure.
Modern researchers have demonstrated the effects of acupuncture on the body’s nervous system. Through the stimulation of various systems in the body, this method of treatment can be used to relieve pain, improve digestive functions, the quality of sleep and the overall wellbeing of an individual.