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When you think acupuncture, you think needles right? Well of course, why shouldn’t you. The word itself has the same connotation attached to it. But what if I told you it was more than that? I think it would be fair to say, you’d ask for an elaboration.

 Acupuncture/Needle therapy is a helpful treatment that is described by the insertion of a needle at a specific area on the body. Needle therapy stimulation includes sensory-discriminating and effective-social touch dimensions. The discriminating dimension, which is related with needling, incorporates a mix of different sensations, for example, weight, numbness, irritation and distension. Accomplishing the suitable discriminating dimension sensation is essential to the therapeutic result following needle therapy treatment. In the effective-social touch dimension, the technique normally incorporates delicate manual touch stimulation, which evokes sentiments of calm and wellbeing.

 With that said, we see that it works not only on our bodies, but our minds as well. Just like channeling your inner peace through meditation, the only difference with acupuncture, is that the channeling is done for you. Primarily used to relieve pain and also to treat other conditions, acupuncture is now a practicing traditional Chinese medicine in the western world. Many are now using it as an alternative form of treatment, rather than drugs and medications, just with slower results and no side effects. Researchers say that the needles because the body to release endorphins, which are the body’s naturally produced painkillers, can improve blood flow and have a positive change in brain activity.

 Initially, when it comes to needles, as many of us dislike them, we would assume that this therapy would be a painful one. But, there’s a twist to this, that rings forth good news for us ‘Needle Haters’, and it is that the needles are rather thin, and when inserted, many have said that they feel little to no pain. That’s a ‘yay’ in our books. So just to highlight some of the issues it’s used as a treatment for (just to name a few):

  • Relieves back pain
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis pain
  • Dental pain
  • Weight loss and obesity
  • Menopause
  • Anxiety
  • Blood pressure
  • Cold and flu
  • Insomnia

 It’s now being tested with severe issues like cancer, infertility, erectile dysfunction, depression, amongst others, and all in all, it looks rather promising. More studies have to be inconclusive, of course, but at least it seems to be headed on the right track.

As with most treatment options, there are variations, each of which is used to target specific issues, but each of which needs to be discussed thoroughly with the practitioner before making a decision. These variations include: Laser needle acupuncture, Cupping, Hemo-acupuncture, Acupressure, Electro-acupuncture, and Moxibustion.                                                                           

So whatever the issue, take a look down the alley of alternation and try out this ancient remedy and see if it works for you.