How acupuncture works to relieve pain

People may have heard that acupuncture is great for relieving stress and various forms of pain but they don’t know how it actually works. Well, the answer is both complicated and simple.

Acupuncture simply means “to puncture with a needle,” It is a system of complementary medicine in which fine needles are inserted in the skin at particular points along points in the body which  are considered to be lines of energy (meridians), used in the treatment of various physical and mental ailments.

In acupuncture, fine, flexible needles about the diameter of a human hair are inserted into points along the principal meridians of your body. Acupuncture is a part of the philosophy and practice of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) which uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis. Studies show that acupuncture works and it can ease pain and treat almost all ailments, chronic body pains ranging from osteoarthritis to migraine headaches. Approximately 2,000 different acupuncture points lie along the body’s meridians. Stimulating these points with acupuncture needles or pressure relieves obstructions in the flow of energy, enabling the body to heal.

How Acupuncture Works

As a part of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture has been present for over three thousand years and has contributed to good health both preventatively and curatively to many human ills over centuries. As an energy medicine, acupuncture is based on balancing out energetics of the body and mind to promote good health; to reduce and eliminate acute and chronic pain and help in recovering process of ongoing health issues. It is rooted in oriental philosophy and linked to natural cycles of balancing opposing qualities within nature and human body as a part of nature itself.

Acupuncture treatment is based on inserting fine, hair thin needles into certain points on the body meridians and in to acupuncture reactive points to activate and stimulate healing and reduce pain. Acupuncture is used to treat the wholeness of the individual and the acupuncturist uses very sophisticated assessment methods to determine the energetic state of the body. They then decide the best and shortest way to restore health in each individual circumstances, on both physical and emotional levels. Combination of points assembled in a prescription is assessed according to a very specific diagnosis, following taking extensive medical history, observation of the pulse and tongue, and physical examination. Acupuncture prescriptions are re-assessed and re-evaluated at each subsequent session and may or may not change, according to the changes detected during pulse, tongue and palpation diagnosis.

Acupuncture has been known for the treatment of muscle spasms and pain, chronic back problems and pain, headaches, reducing the frequency and intensity of migraines and neck pain, osteoarthritis, knee pain, allergies, digestive problems, depression alleviation, etc. To know more about acupuncture- how it works, its functions, consult Pain Clinic, we treat issues including neurological problems, digestive problems, respiratory problems and musculoskeletal problems, gynecological and sexual health problems. Visit Okanagan Acupuncture for more information.