Acupuncture is the method of inserting filamentous needles in different spots of the body for the primary purpose of relieving pain. It comes from the Latin words acus, which means “needle”, and pungere, “prick”. In conventional Chinese medicine, acupuncture spots are positioned on what is called meridians, the regions of the body where life energy flows. Contemporary acupuncture ideas are presented as helpful tools in clinical procedures but still have not been united with other branches of science such as physics, chemistry and biology. Nevertheless, it has been broadly employed by acupuncturists, physicians, dentists and other practitioners to relieve pain problems and the like.
The most primitive record of acupuncture was discovered in China but it was not traced where specifically in the place. A theory presupposes that soldiers in the war shot by multiple arrows were healed of unrelieved afflictions or pain. Researchers assumed that the practice of acupuncture in China started during the Stone Age using honed stones instead of the filiform needles used today. Furthermore, pieces of evidence like bian stones, hieroglyphs, pictographs and texts were discovered and gave rise to further suggestions that the practice may have started during the Neolithic age. The method spread throughout many regions especially in Asian countries. Recently in the United States, it has been used to treat musculoskeletal pain. A survey accomplished in 2002 inferred that about eight million Americans engaged in it.
Acupuncture is an effective method to soothe a variety of pains like headache pain, joint pain and back pain. The needles are inserted to various points on the body where life energy flows. In that certain point, a nerve is usually located. When the pressure on the nerve is relieved, the muscles will relax, the blood circulation is increased and pain is relieved partly by this mechanism and partly by the endorphins and encephalins released in the body. Consider a pebble inside your shoe. It is very annoying that you have to remove it to feel at ease. In the same way, a pebble or obstruction is present in the nervous system producing pain. By relieving the compression on a nerve or a nerve being pinched, acupuncturists utilize needles.
Since acupuncture is a serious thing, one should think twice before doing it. Also, orient yourself with the process and the relevant details that go with it.
Firstly, consult the doctor and ask his opinion if the method would help relieve your pain. Verify the credibility of your acupuncturist by taking into consideration the accreditation by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Before entering to such operation, also check your insurance. Make sure that you know the expenses covered by the insurance during the treatment. Next, consider the needles used. Regular needles may not be suitable for you if you are into blood thinners. The size of the needles would also matter. Japanese acupuncturists use smaller needles than Chinese. Lastly, use sterilized needles and must be used only for one time. This technique may be a safe way to relieve a person in pain yet one must be careful enough before entering into such.