Acupuncture is a traditional Asian skill used for ages to treat chronic pain & many health conditions. It is now being widely used in Western countries & all over the world. Now there are various tools, specially curated magnets or lentils used to provide pressure to specific points in the body often thought to be the source point of pain, widely known as access- points. But traditionally in Chinese culture, the method of acupuncture involves the insertion of fine hair-like needles into the skin which causes the release of endorphins, a natural pain-killing substance present in the human body & also certain hormones that control the brain’s mood.
Acupuncture is generally quite safe a method been used for ages the chances of any complications arising are very low. The only complication at stake is the accidental insertion of the needle at the wrong point resulting in the tearing of muscles.
The question that is ambiguous among the people is acupuncture helpful in pain relief?
Acupuncture is widely used as an effective treatment for chronic pain. Studies have found out that acupuncture or little stimulated acupuncture is better than no acupuncture for conditions especially-
- Back Pain [ Lower Back]
- Chronic Headache
- Shoulder Pain
Now doctors are moving towards a drug-free solution to treating the pain and the prescription epidemic going on since time immemorial, they vouch that if acupuncture is taken seriously as a drug-free way to treat chronic ailments and recognized widely it will be the start of drug-free medicine era in the world.
Acupuncture In Cancer
Cancer as we know is a widespread deadly disease so it cannot be solely treated with acupuncture but nowadays many cancer patients use it as an additional treatment along with standard cancer treatments like chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, etc. as it weakens the body’s immune system so to combat or lower down the surgery times & pain acupuncture is used.
Women facing long heavy menstrual cramps are found to be battling a condition known as dysmenorrhea, where pain & cramps are simply unbearable and force the lady to be at complete rest for 3- 4 days in such scenarios acupressure points have turned out to be simply magical even to handle normal period cramps acupressure is used by women widely.
Acupressure or puncture is not only used to treat external or physical pain but it is also capable of treating severe health conditions like infertility. Acupuncture is found to help with infertility by acting as a supporting ailment and not involving the target organ directly.
Acupuncture in the case of infertility releases the anxiety & stress developed over time by pressing certain relaxation points and it also helps in increased blood flow to the uterus which means more eggs and better chances of getting pregnant.
Acupuncture For Lower Back Pain
8 out of 10 people are suffering from lower back pain nowadays, the treatment of chronic back pain with acupuncture is found to be very effective for 80% of people but science has a mixed review for the same.
Acupuncture for back pain involves inserting very thin needles to various depths into strategic points on your body. Scientific studies have indicated that sham acupuncture works just as well as real acupuncture for back pain. A key point, though, is that in several studies, both sham acupuncture and real acupuncture relieved low back pain better than having no treatment at all.
This could mean that sham acupuncture could be having an effect, or it could mean that the effects of acupuncture may be due in part to a placebo effect.
Benefits Of Acupuncture
Before anything doctors always advise keep this in mind that acupuncture is a complementary therapy having benefits like –
It is a very flexible form of treatment and it can treat a bunch of health conditions at one time as many conditions have common pressure points.
It can be used as a complementary side treatment with other ongoing treatments.
If sought by a veteran practitioner it can completely cure health conditions like lower back pain, migraine, and headaches.
It has a lower risk of side effects when compared to drug -treatment.
It can be accessed from the comfort of your home also.
Side Effects Of Acupuncture
Everything has two sides to it similarly any treatment or therapy has both benefits & side effects associated with it. It is always advisable to seek your doctor’s discretion before undertaking any therapy be it acupuncture or anything else.
Primary side effects associated with acupuncture are-
- If unsterilized needles are used during the process it can lead to other health problems like HIV, Aids, etc.
- If the amount of pressure applied at the time of insertion is not controlled it can result in Bleeding, Soreness & or another injury.
- In severe cases, if a needle is broken inside the body it can lead to serious complications
Lastly, if you are considering acupuncture as an option don’t forget to keep a few things in mind,
Don’t forget to check your practitioner’s credentials & authenticity. An acupuncture practitioner also requires a license to do so.
Seek advice from your doctor first & do not substitute acupuncture with medical treatment, remember it is a complementary treatment only.
If on certain medications acupuncture can turn things on the wrong side please seek a doctor’s advice before starting the therapy if you take medications for skin problems, heart issues, or anything else
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