Life in modern society is pretty exciting – we get to see, feel and taste the culture of the world wherever we are.

This can be said for the medicinal side of life, as well.

Acupuncture, for one, is one of those practices that made its way fast into the modern man’s lifestyle.

This Eastern medical practice can now be enjoyed, for the most part, everywhere around the world.

But are we sure it actually works, and how much do we know about acupuncture?

Keep reading to find the answer to this question and more!

What Is Acupuncture, Exactly?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny and sharp needles into your skin at strategic points in your body.

As a part of traditional Chinese medicine, its purpose is to treat pain, stress, and overall wellness of the body and mind.

It is explained as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force, known as chi. It is believed that energy flows like pathways or meridians through our bodies.

For Western medicine, these pathways are actually nerve endings that, when pressed right, stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue.

Often practicians use a combination between Eastern and Western medicine to determine, detect and take care of the problem.

Treatments usually take about 60 minutes and, if the problem zone requires it, you nay need two or three sessions a week.

When Should You Do It?

The most common reason for engaging in this Eastern practice is to heal your body faster after a surgery, accident, or any other medicinal intervention.

It could ease the pain after being to the dentist, headaches, lower back pain, osteoarthritis, and even menstrual cramps.

Does Acupuncture Have Side-Effects?

Risk-wise, professionals claim the possibilities of something backfiring or going wrong are pretty low.

Common side effects are bleeding or having a sore or bruise where the needles have been.

Even if the risk possibility is low, there may be complications if you have a bleeding disorder, have a pacemaker (or any other electronic device inserted in your body), or are pregnant.

Pregnant women are at risk because some of the pressure points or pathways that are set to relieve them of stress may cause premature birth.

Are Needles Called That Because We Need Them?

The thing that everyone agrees on is that acupuncture works and works best if the person’s mindset is open to it.

Western and Eastern medicine recommend a certain level of commitment to the idea that it will help to feel the actual effect of the treatment.

Another key factor is to have expectations of receiving what you expect to receive. It sounds odd, but many people agree that it works best when this is a part of the process.

Ka-Kit-Hui is the founder and director of the UCLA Centre for East-West medicine, and his take on acupuncture is that it works by activating the body’s self-healing mechanism.

Hui continues by saying that it should be a part of a comprehensive approach to solving problems rather than looking at it as a cure on its own.

It is fascinating how professionals are looking to present acupuncture to the medical world as a substitute for opioids, especially the ones that are given after medical manipulations to the body.

For some institutions globally, there is no better way to treat patients that undergo chemotherapy than acupuncture.

To Wrap It Up

The bottom line is that doctors learn more and more about the techniques and possible outcomes of acupuncture each year.

Even if we can’t understand and explain the technique to its molecular level, it doesn’t mean it’s not effective.

So go ahead and try it for yourself, it might as well be the next best thing you have done for your health, body, and mind!

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