Acupuncture is one of the key components of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is practiced in China and other Asian countries. It is commonly used for pain relief. The term “acupuncture” describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of points on the body using variety of techniques.
TCM explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force known as qi or chi (chee) believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in human body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that our energy flow will rebalance.
Acupuncture is mainly used to relieve chronic pain and discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions. For e.g. chemotherapy, fibromyalgia, low back pain, shoulder stiffness, osteoarthritis, neck pain, headache etc.
Initial evaluation may take one hour but subsequent appointments take about half an hour. Six to 8 treatments are common procedure. Risks are low if you have a competent certified practitioner. Side effects and complications are: soreness, organ injury and infections.
Acupuncture is considered safe when performed by an experienced well trained practitioner using sterile needles. While choosing a practitioner, check the credentials and training. Most states require them to pass an exam conducted by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
After acupuncture treatment, people feel relaxed and energized.