Acupuncture – What Is It?
For at least 3000 years, acupuncture has brought help for a variety of health conditions. The practice began in China. Since those early days, it has spread throughout the world. Today, acupuncturists study this form of alternative medicine, and in British Columbia, become Registered Acupuncturists.
So, what are the basics of acupuncture? First, you need to know that there are twelve primary meridians and eight extraordinary meridians. Along these meridians, there are 365 acupuncture points. The acupuncturist performs the treatment by gently inserting fine, sterile needles on specific acupuncture points.
What Is Acupuncture Treatment Like?
Your acupuncturist inserts the needles into the acupuncture points very gently. These needles are as thin as hair and extremely flexible. These single-use needles cause minimal discomfort. All you will feel will be tingling, a dull or mild ache, and feelings of warmth and heaviness. These sensations spread along the acupuncture pathways.
The training for a Registered Acupuncturist in British Columbia includes taking an Acupuncture Safety course and passing a safety exam from the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia. Following the rules that they learned in this training, your acupuncturist ensures that your treatment is safe. As a part of their safety procedures, they use the Clean Needle Technique, which relies on single-use pre-sterilized, disposable needles for every acupuncture treatment.
Sessions typically last between 30 minutes and an hour. Based on the type of condition your acupuncturist is treating you for, you may need several visits to get the most benefit from your treatments.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture treatment helps the body naturally heal itself. It activates your body’s energy and increases blood circulation. Besides bringing relief from pain, acupuncture also boosts your immune system and your organ systems to help you achieve better health. What’s more, this natural treatment addresses your health concerns without the use of drugs.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with Acupuncture?
Many people are surprised by the number of different conditions that can be treated using acupuncture. In our practice, we commonly treat the following types of conditions:
You might be feeling discomfort in any of several different parts of your body. In your head, headaches and migraines can cause severe pain and keep you from functioning at your best. Neck and shoulder problems can be painful, too. People often feel pain in their backs, either from sciatica or other issues. Pain in the arms, wrists, knees, ankles, and legs can make doing daily activities difficult. Pain can also come from injuries and medical procedures. Acupuncture can help with all these types of pain.
Acupuncture can also help with respiratory disorders. It can help with allergies and sinusitis, as well as a cough or cold.
When you have digestive problems, an acupuncturist can often provide relief. Perhaps you have common problems like indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, or nausea. Or, maybe you have a medical condition that’s related to your digestive system, such as gastritis, peptic ulcer, or irritable bowel syndrome. Acupuncture can provide relief.
Reproductive System Concerns
Did you know that acupuncture can also help with issues relating to your reproductive system? This includes menstrual problems, infertility, and incontinence.
Is Acupuncture Right for Me?
If you want to achieve optimal health through natural treatments for any of a variety of health conditions, the answer is yes. For a treatment that’s effective, safe, natural, and drug-free, acupuncture makes perfect sense.