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Types of Acupuncture

Updated on July 5, 2011

 Acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin needles into specific body points to improve overall health. The needles used in acupuncture treatments are very thin, about the width of a hair.  The needles may be inserted, manipulated for a minute or two and removed or they may be left  for fifteen to thirty minutes without any stimulation. Thin needles are used to stimulate specific points in the body. These points lie on energy pathways called meridians. Acupuncture treatments are designed to improve the flow and balance of energy along these meridians. Acupuncture originated in China but has spread to Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Europe, and America.

People go to acupuncturists for treatment for arthritis, asthma, AIDS, kidney problems, bladder problems, constipation, depression, cold, bronchitis, breast enlargement, headaches, high blood pressure, migraines, nausea, bedwetting, sexual dysfuction, stress, paralysis, vision problems, stroke, smoking, drug addiction, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, sinus problems.

There are many different types of acupuncture, involving different kinds of needles, different insertion points and different techniques. Acupuncture points may be stimulated with electricity, pressure, lasers, ultrasound or with audible sound.


Different types of acupuncture:

1. Traditional chinese acupuncture:

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the most common form of acupuncture practiced in the United States. Chinese acupuncture used for eye, ear, nose, and throat problems, respiratory problems, circulatory prob;lems, gastrointestinal disorders, genito urinary disorders, immune disorders, addiction, emotional and psychological disorders, musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, respiratory disorders and weight loss.

2. Japanese style acupuncture:

Japanese style acupuncture use thinner needles and with less stimulation.

3. Korean hand acupuncture:

Most of Korean acupuncturists focus on hand therapy.

4. Auricular acupuncture:

Ear acupuncture, also known as auricular therapy, is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Auricular therapy is widely used for many conditions, including addiction treatment, mood disorders, obesity, pain control, and other conditions.

Acupuncture cost: It ranges from $75 to $95 for an acupuncture session and medical consultation. Routine visits cost $50 to $70. Talk to your doctor for more information.


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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I didn't know their were so many.