ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Health»
  • Alternative & Natural Medicine

How Can Acupuncture Improve Your Health?

Updated on June 7, 2010

Acupuncture is often recommended as an alternative therapy, especially if conventional medicine does not have a positive effect. It can be used to treat a wide range of different illnesses and conditions, but it is predominantly a means of improving the general wellbeing of an individual. As well as treating your specific problem(s), acupuncture can benefit you in other ways. This can include improved sleep patterns and higher energy levels. 


How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture involves fine needles being inserted into key energy channels in the body as a way of altering your general psyche. It is based on the idea that there is "qi" (motivating energy) present in our bodies, and this can be affected by factors such as stress, inadequate nutrition, your genetic make-up, infections and even the weather. Your body's natural balance can be regained through acupuncture as it can restore your equilibrium. In addition, it can encourage your body's healing defences.

What Can I Expect From Acupuncture?

Your initial consultation will involve a discussion to assess your current health situation and determine how best to treat you. Your therapist can get a good indication of how the "qi" is flowing in your body by examining some of your pulse points. This initial assessment is necessary to formulate the most effective treatment plan for your personal circumstances. 

Certain acupuncture points are used in relation to specific health problems, but these will not necessarily be the acupuncture points that are closest to the site of the problem. For example, acupuncture points in the hands and feet are often used in the treatment of headaches. There are over five hundred acupuncture points in the body, but only a small proportion of these will be useful for treating specific problems. In some cases, the needles may be removed after being inserted but it is common for them to remain in place for over thirty minutes. This depends on what you are receiving the treatment for and the overall effect that your therapist is trying to achieve with regards to your treatment. Four to six separate sessions will be enough for most people to notice a difference in their symptoms and general wellbeing, but it may take longer than this. 

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Studies have indicated that acupuncture is a safe procedure with relatively few side effects. As with any type of alternative medicine, you need to be receiving treatment from a qualified professional to ensure that this is the case. Reputable acupuncture therapists will sterilize all needles before they are used and dispose of them after use to reduce the risk of spreading infections. Make sure that your acupuncture therapist has certification from a reputable professional body before your treatment starts. 

Does It Hurt?

The needles used in acupuncture are much finer than the ones that are used to give injections and during blood tests. This means that they are a lot less likely to cause pain when they are inserted into the skin. Most people experience a dull aching or tingling sensation, but this is rarely painful. You may feel sick or notice bruising after receiving acupuncture treatment, but this should not last very long. 

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for writing a very interesting Hub

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)