acupuncture treatment

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a medical treatment that hails from the East, it’s used in the treatment of a variety of health concerns and first appeared in China centuries ago. Since it first emerged, the Eastern tradition has been investigated thoroughly by scientists who have found that the Eastern tradition has some grounding in the realm of science – showing actual measurable results in the treatment of mild pain and nausea. It has not been provably shown to help with the myriad of other, more serious, conditions that it is sometimes used for in China yet, however. There have been no measurable results shown for conditions such as diabetes but the treatment is now often prescribed in conjunction with other treatments in the West to help with pain and discomfort or to help rehabilitation along. The treatment which used fine needles pressed into the skin is thought to work by affected the flow of something known as ‘qi’ which is energy. The needles are supposed to remove blockages in the flow of energy in the body and allow it to travel freely through the body, this is supposed to heal or alleviate problems.

It’s been around for a long time

Acupunturist hand with acupuncture needle.

The practice of acupuncture is ancient, in fact, some people believe it predates written history although the first signs of it were records all the way back in 100 BC. The treatment was likely developed in China because this is where it was first referenced in historical texts, for a while the practice fell out of favour but it began to emerge again in the 18th century, although it was now very different to the old methods practiced. Western doctors were very dismissive of the treatment for a long time, but in the 20th century people began to appreciate that the method did seem to have some kind of efficacy and potential benefits. Nowadays acupuncture is increasingly being recognised as an effective treatment for some health issues and there are new supporters of it all the time – some people can even get acupuncture treatments through their health insurance provider.

Modern day acupuncture

Studies into the practice seem to suggest that its benefit comes from its indirect impact on the nervous system. By stimulating nerves, acupuncture can help to reduce issues such as inflammation, anxiety and depression. It’s also thought to impact markers in the body that impact on pain responses, thereby making it an effective treatment to combat pain.

Common uses

Acupuncture is a popular choice of medical treatments for many different types of illnesses and ailments. In the West, it’s usually used for mild pain or mental health issues like anxiety and depression but it has also been used it many other issues. Studies suggest that it can be very effective in the treatment of fertility issues and so many women hoping to be mothers will seek out the treatment to improve their chances of conception. Doctors will also sometimes encourage patients to seek help for chronic or acute pain issues, as well as for nausea caused by chemotherapy. It has also been shown to be anecdotally useful in the treatment of conditions such as asthma. Most Western doctors warn against its use for more serious issues such as cancer however, the treatment is not a replacement for traditional modern medicine and medication and those who rely solely on it could put their health at risk. As studies continue there’s no doubt that science will discover new features of this treatment and possibly discover new therapy options for it ways to use it to combat a variety of other illnesses.