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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient medicine (which has also been proven effective in modern studies) in which an acupuncturist utilizes acupressure points to provide relief for various symptoms. Acupuncture has proven to be effective for a wide variety of health issues from back pain to weight loss.

“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well”

-Hippocrates, founder of modern medicine
Acupuncture was first practiced in China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan over 2,000 years ago. Since 1971, it has been growing in popularity in the United States. In Eastern medicine, there is a network of energy which flows through twelve different meridians of the body – it is a fundamental force of life, and an imbalance will manifest itself in the form of a disease. Acupuncture was developed to detect imbalances in the network and return the body to its natural state, which will result in symptoms disappearing. Modern studies have suggested that acupuncture works by stimulating the central nervous system to release chemicals, increasing relay of electromagnetic signals which release endorphins or immune system cells, triggering natural opioids, or altering the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones in the brain.

Acupuncture Procedure and Side Effects

Acupuncture is performed with a sterile, hair-thin, flexible metal needle on carefully selected acupressure points. Patients will feel a brief pricking sensation which is sometimes followed by numbness, heat, aching, or tingling. Needles are usually left for 20 – 40 minutes and may be rotated by the acupuncturist to increase efficacy. Side effects of acupuncture are usually minor and brief, but can include light-headedness, slight bleeding, or mild bruising where needles were inserted.

Acupuncture Benefits

According to the National Institute of Health, the data supporting acupuncture is as strong as that behind many accepted Western medical remedies. Additionally, the risk of side effects is usually far lower than drugs and medical procedures used to treat the same conditions. Although it is commonly seen as a technique for pain management and relaxation, it is also effective on a wide variety of additional symptoms including but not limited to:

Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Multiple studies have shown acupuncture may be an effective way to lose weight. In one study from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, patients receiving acupuncture for weight loss in five points lost an average of 6.1% of body weight in four weeks, and patients who received acupuncture in one point saw an average weight reduction of 5.7%.

Acupuncture for Back Pain

Back pain is one of the top reasons why people seek acupuncture – and luckily, acupuncture for back pain has been proven to be effective in multiple studies.

  • A 2012 study showed that patients receiving acupuncture for back pain had more positive results than patients who received no acupuncture and than patients who received an acupuncture placebo
  • A 2010 study found that acupuncture relieved low back pain immediately after treatment, but not always for a long time
  • The American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians both recommend acupuncture for back pain as a non-drug solution that physicians should consider for patients with chronic low back pain
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