Benefits of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
As I have said before, I am intrigued by all things holistic including traditional Chinese medicine. So, therefore, I am embarking on this journey to learn and share my experiences. I believe I have mentioned before I am a 45 year – young woman, wife, mom, and nurse. I am not taking this aging thing very lightly. I actually am hitting it head-on and fighting back. I have dabbled in oils, special teas, medication, and even yoga. But I am dying to try acupuncture. As I write this I am asking myself, why to write the article BEFORE the actual doing of the thing. Well, the answer is simple, knowledge is power. And I want to know as much as I can prior to my first appointment. Before I go on, just a quick side note, please research and find a reputable acupuncturist that has great reviews before you embark on your journey. NOW let’s get into what you are waiting for.
ac·u·punc·ture /ˈakyo͞oˌpəNG(k)(t)SHər/ noun 1. a system of integrative medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West.Oxford Dictionaries
Ok, so that sums of the technical definition. Acupuncture became widely popular in the US around the 1970s. A little birdie even noted that one of our former Presidents embarked on his own acupuncture journey. So our Qi (chee) is our vital energy and essential for our overall health and well being. So this proper Qi works with our meridians to obtain and support our optimal health.
Benefits of Acupuncture
- Reduces chronic pain
- Reduces the risk of arthritis
- Relieves migraines
- Prevents nausea and vomiting
- Manages anxiety
- Reduces insomnia
These are just a few benefits of acupuncture. It has been wildly known to help with infertility, stress, weight-loss, smoking cessation, as well. Let’s look at how Acupuncture is completed and the process of the actual treatment. So who wants to be the pin-cush first?
How is Acupuncture Performed
Acupuncture should be performed by a skilled person. It consists of the acupuncturists inserting sterile needles, approximately 0.2mm wide. The needles are inserted into specific places on your body based on your symptoms. These points are called acupuncture points. The needles may be rotated or stimulated with an electrical current to provide more pressure. The needles typically remain in place for 10 minutes.
How does Acupuncture Work
One possible mechanism to explain the immediate suppression of pain by conditioning stimulation is known as diffuse noxious inhibitory controls (DNIC), first reported by Le Bars et al.  based on studies in anesthetized rats. According to DNIC, a noxious stimulus applied to any region of the body can induce immediate suppression of pain transmission in neurons of the trigeminal caudalis and/or the spinal dorsal hornKawakita, K., & Okada, K. (2014). Acupuncture therapy: mechanism of action, efficacy, and safety: a potential intervention for psychogenic disorders?. BioPsychoSocial medicine, 8(1), 4. doi:10.1186/1751-0759-8-4
An acupuncturist will begin to place needles in trigger pointed based upon your symptoms. The needles are usually left in for approximately 10 minutes. The research did indicate it may take several sessions to really see the benefits of your particular ailment.