Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old technique from traditional Chinese medicine. It is derived from the belief that a life-force called “chi” travels throughout the body along meridians or pathways. Acupuncturists believe that ill health is caused by blockages or imbalances of the chi. Conversely, good health results from the chi flowing easily and being properly balanced.
Acupuncturists treat their patients by inserting very thin needles into specific points on the body. They choose the locations in order to increase the flow of energy and/or restore balance. The acupuncturist might also use other therapies to enhance the treatment.
What Can Acupuncture Be Used to Treat?
Acupuncture has been subjected to hundreds of clinical studies. In 1997, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) published reports describing the conditions acupuncture had been safely and effectively used to treat. This technique is now considered an accepted medical practice.
Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. It is an effective treatment for musculoskeletal issues like back or neck pain. It has also been successfully used to treat migraines, insomnia, depression, anxiety and infertility.
Various clinical studies have found that acupuncture is an effective treatment for the following conditions:
- Tennis elbow
- Temporomandibular dysfunction
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Renal colic
- Post-operation pain
- Morning sickness
- Menstrual pain
- Leukopenia (abnormally low white blood cell count)
- Labor pain
- Hay fever and other allergies
- Dental pain
- Biliary colic
Acupuncture is still being studied, and some results indicate it might also help with the following conditions, depending on the situation:
- Whooping cough
- Tonsillitis and other types of sore throat
- Some types of drug addiction, including tobacco, heroin and alcohol
- Some types of stomach pain
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Cancer pain
- Bronchial asthma
- Bell’s palsy
What Happens During a Treatment Session?
If the acupuncturist is working with a new patient, they will start by asking about their medical history and the nature of their pain or symptoms. A physical exam will also be conducted. The acupuncturist will then examine the patient for places where the chi is either blocked or out of balance. After locating the treatment site, the acupuncturist will have the patient lie down on a table and then insert needles into the treatment site. They will leave the needles in place for a set amount of time and then remove them.
If you are considering acupuncture and want to know more about how it can benefit you, make an appointment at Knox Wellness in Knoxville. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and promote the flow of energy throughout your body.