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Acupunture
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Acupunture

Area Health & Wellbeing
Age range > 20s
Method Alternative therapies
Downtime N/A
Approval N/A

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Acupunture Treatment

OVERVIEW
It is a form of alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine involving thin needles inserted into the body at acupuncture points. It can be associated with the application of heat, pressure, or laser light to these same points. Acupuncture is commonly used for pain relief, though it is also used for a wide range of other conditions.

WHAT TO EXPECT
Treatment is provided by the use of finely honed needles, as fine as 0.013mm needles. Points in the body are selected by your registered acupuncturist once a pattern of behavior or diagnosis is established. Each treatment is immediately effective, as once a needle is in, your energy system otherwise known as ‘Qi’ is accessed.

BENEFITS
Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility. Acupuncture produces little to no side effects when delivered properly by a licensed acupuncturist.

POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES
Chances are that patients may report minor soreness for a period of time immediately following treatment, although it is rarely a cause for concern. In many cases, acupuncture cannot possibly cure the physical ailment. Acupuncture involves regularly scheduled follow-up treatments which may prove a hassle for few. Also it may turn costly as they are often not covered by health insurance providers.

2 Reviews

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    medal_transparent Inquirer

      13 March, 2017 - 23:01

    Take care to go to a properly qualified practitioner to maximise the potential benefits of this approach to healing.

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    medal_transparent pamperqueen

      14 March, 2017 - 15:29

    Several years ago I suffered from periodic bouts of sciatica and back pain after a car crash, (almost needing surgery) but acupuncture proved to be the only thing that really helped to alleviate the pain and get me mobile again. I had several courses of treatment and usually on the first treatment I would go into the surgery barely able to walk and come out after an hour of acupuncture at least able to move freely without needing assistance. Acupuncture (as I understand it from my treatment) worked by stopping the muscles from spasming and also by stimulating the bodies own pain relief hormones. Although the needles look slightly terrifying, they are so fine that you really don't feel them going in and it also helps if you're squeamish if you don't look! I have also had more "holisitc" acupuncture to rebalance energy levels which I enjoyed but found less immediately beneficial. However, overall, my experience of acupuncture has been overwhelmingly positive and I would highly recommend it.