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The Secrets Of Acupuncture

Jun 13, 2008
The benefits of acupuncture to the human body have been understood and supported in Eastern medicinal practices for centuries. With the amount of negative press in the popular media and criticism regarding this procedure, many find themselves skeptical of the treatment. For many people, what can be expected from acupuncture, including its side effects and limits remains unknown.

However, the procedures of Chinese acupuncture are well refined, having been practiced for many years, and even today, the practice is found to be a safe procedure and has been proven to provide some people with relief to symptoms of disorders that they have been saddled with for years. Here is a basic look at what you can expect from the acupuncture procedure as well as the side effects and limits:

Acupuncture begins by using sterile needles, which are made almost exclusively of stainless steel today. Ethylene Oxide is used to sterilize the needles, which can be used on the needles without causing construction damage. The acupuncturist can get a secure grip on the needles when placing them on a patient's body because they are coated with a wire.

While referencing a model of acupuncturing that usually includes a reference of the human body and the insertion locations of needles in the skin based on the type of treatment, the acupuncturist will begin to puncture the person's skin. A cluster of a few dozen needles in one or two places on the body may be required for a particular type of treatment. A fully body treatment, which may involve the placement of hundreds of needles, may also be requested.

Some treatments in acupuncture require the heating of the needles once placed in the skin through a process called moxibustion. The acupuncturist will utilize a burning of herbs to heat the needles that are placed in the skin. Most often, the herbs are placed on the end of the needle protruding from the patient and burned once the needle is inserted. The heat helps provide some therapy to the tissue that the needle is in contact with inside of the body.

Acupuncture is considered to be an invasive treatment and includes some risks. Minor bleeding from the site of the procedure is the main risk of the treatment - this appears in approximately 3 of every 100 patients. Most commonly, the bleeding ceases within a minute of the needle's removal from the skin, however, this differs depending on the patient.

The treatment does include other less common risks, such as hematoma, where bruises appear below the skin at the site of treatment, dizziness due to fear of needles or anxiety, and extremely rare instances of nerve injury, brain damage, lung and kidney damage resulting from incorrectly placed needles, as well as a slight chance of miscarriage with very specific treatment.

Despite the risks, acupuncture has benefits to the body. Though it cannot relieve every disorder, it can be used to relieve common tension headaches, some tension in lower back pains, nausea and vomiting, and some lower symptomatic forms of fibromyalgia. Because of these known benefits, and some other perceived ones, like the relief of stress and tension throughout the body, acupuncture is a viable treatment option. Knowing what you can expect from the acupuncture procedure as well as the side effects and limits can benefit you as a patient in the long run.
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