Acupuncture - What you Should Know

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, is an oriental method of healing, where tiny hair like needles are inserted in to meridian areas, or acupuncture points, of the body to promote natural healing.

Have you ever wondered what to expect when you receive acupuncture? It is a wonderful alternative to traditional medicine. The human body is made of energy and electrical impulses running throughout body. Our nervous system, functions by the nervous system signaling the brain to tell coordinated parts of the body to perform.

Those signals or synapses are electric, communication from the brain to one part of the body to the other. Acupuncture, finds the areas of the body (meridians points) that are not functioning properly, or blocked, remove the blockages, and restore healthy communication to the organs of the body.

It stimulates the nervous system to regulate the body systems, promoting better mental, physical and emotional health. It is used from everything from, pain relief, to depression and anxiety, to infertility.

New York College of Acupuncture
New York College of Acupuncture | Source

Research the Subject

Some people have different ideas about this form of natural medicine. Some may think it is hocus pocus and some may think it is some form of cult practice. If you research the subject, you will find that this art has been practiced in China and Japan for thousands of years.

Wouldn't you think civilizations this old would know something, we have not discovered the the United States which has only been practicing medicine for a few hundred years.

Acupuncture Doll
Acupuncture Doll | Source

Ask About Credentials

If you do not have a friend who can give your a reference, it is up to you to look at the practitioner's, education, time in practice and if they are trained in clean needle technique. If you are seeking help for migraines, or infertility, look for someone what had extensive experience in the area. All practitioners should be able to treat most conditions, but they often have areas they claim to be better suited to handle. Also note if they are getting ongoing education. You want someone, who is not only thoroughly trained, but continuing to develop their skills.

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Be Comfortable with your Acupuncturist

It is important to find an acupuncturist whom you have a rapport with. This person, is going to be sticking needles in you for God sakes, and you want to really like the person who is going to be treating you for several months. Find someone who will take time to explain to you everything they are doing and answer any questions you may have. You should feel comfortable with anyone who is treating you medically.

Pre-packaged Acupuncture Needles
Pre-packaged Acupuncture Needles | Source

Is it Safe?

The procedure is very safe. Most practitioners have moved to sanitized per-packaged needles are used. These needles have never been used on anyone else, and are disposed of after each use.

How Much will it Cost?

This is important, as acupuncture and become quite costly. Most insurance companies do not cover non-traditional medicine, so you will have to pay for it yourself. Make a few call to find someone who may be flexible in their price, especially if you plan on going for several month. I feel that cost is relative. If you have been going to the doctor for 5 years and still have the same problem, you have wasted 5 years and how many dollars? Acupuncture is not a cover up of symptoms, but treats the root cause of the problem, in attempt to balance the body, so that it will heal naturally.

Does it Hurt?

The needles used are about the size of a human hair and if the person knows what they are doing you should feel little, or nothing at all. Receiving acupuncture should not be uncomfortable. If you are extremely sensitive, you may feel a very slight prick. Needles will be placed in several areas of your body associated with the meridians. You don't necessarily have to take off you clothes, unless you are having your back treated. Either way, if you desire, you can ask for a blanket.

Treatment Session
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How Long will it Take?

Acupuncture is not a quick cure, and may take several week or months to see lasting results. It will depend on, what you are being treated for, and how serious your conditions is. Also different people respond differently to treatment. You will initially be asked to return every week, for a period of time designated by your practitioner. As your symptoms improve, you may move to bi-weekly and then monthly, and then as necessary.

Inserted Needle up Close
Inserted Needle up Close | Source

What to Expect Your First Visit

Your first meeting will entail, filling out a health form, to giver a general history of your health, and note the reason for your visit. The acupuncturist will go over the form with you, and find out what you would like treatment for.

It is possible to have more than one problem addressed in a cession. He/she will also go over the prices. This is when you will find out if they have a sliding scale or are flexible in their pricing. After your consultation, you will receive your first treatment.

The room you will be conducive to creating a pleasant, calming experience. There will be music or background noise, such as waves crashing on the shore, softly playing. You will be made comfortable and the lights will be lowered while you are receiving the treatment. Often the client becomes so relaxed that they will fall asleep during your treatment.

After treatment, you will be given suggestion for self care and asked to keep a diary of your experience, making not of improvement or changes in your health.

Does it Work?

Several years ago, I had pain in one shoulder that was so painful, I had great difficulty reaching back for my seat belt. I went to the doctor and was told, I had bursitis and told me to take Motrin when the pain got bad.

Rather than taking medicine for the rest of my life, I decided to go to an acupuncturist. It was a wonderful experience and every time I went, I was so relaxed, I fell asleep during treatment. I had three treatments in all, and have never had a problem with my shoulder again. I suggest you try if for yourself.

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pennyofheaven 3 years ago from New Zealand

Haha and what a better way to spend your time. Unfortunately here in NZ I have not found an Acupuncturist that meets my expectations. Some time back I read the many eastern versions of their methods and the different ways they can diagnose. Most here go by pulse alone and only at one level. The tongue and the eyes are never even heard of here. So for me it was not a thorough enough examination to proceed. After all the different levels of pulse, the different states of the tongue and eyes each have a role in diagnosing either the physical, causal, or spiritual aspects of our wholeness.

It is after all a holistic practice.


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2besure 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

pennyofheaven, it is very helpful, for a host of different problems. That's what I do for myself, instead of getting my nails done!


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pennyofheaven 3 years ago from New Zealand

Very well written article and great advice. Thank for sharing.


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sandrabusby 3 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Accupuncture is a treament everybody should know about so that they can have the choice of medicine or accupuncture. Great hub. Voted up and shared.


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2besure 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Nell Rose, I believe acupuncture is a great alternative to traditional medicine that has a lot of negative side effects!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi, my brother had acupuncture for a really bad reccuring headache, I think it did work, it was a while ago. And yes I think I would try it too for a damaged muscle etc, really interesting, and something I knew little about, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi, my brother had acupuncture for a really bad reccuring headache, I think it did work, it was a while ago. And yes I think I would try it too for a damaged muscle etc, really interesting, and something I knew little about, nell


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2besure 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

teaches12345, acupuncture doesn't hurt me a bit. I went the other day and I got needled in my head and forehead. I fell asleep during the treatment.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

The photo with the needles looks a little painful, but interesting to read how this procedure works. Your information is informative and will surely help those who need the good advice, especially that you have to pay out of pocket. Well done.


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2besure 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Thanks for you comment, always exploring!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is very interesting. Thank you.

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