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What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the foundation of traditional Chinese medicine. It is believed to be a form to balance the body force with the mind and spirit. This is done by unblocking the flow of energy or life force, also known as chi.
To unblock chi, meridian points are used in the body. The central meridian points work like "nodes", containing the energy that then flows from one point to another. Acupuncture inserts needles within those meridian points, which unblocks energy and allows chi to begin to flow again. In a similar approach to acupressure massage, pressure is applied to the meridian points with the same purpose of releasing or removing negative blocks.
Preparing for an Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture works best with a series of treatments, all which are able to provide unblocks to the meridian points and to open chi.
While each acupuncturist works differently, the focus is on one point in the body that is in pain or which seems problematic. The needles are inserted in meridian points around this central area to release the blocks or pain that is in the area.
Most acupuncturists can also tell where pain is in your body through the relationship to your face or tongue. Discoloration to imbalances in this area are known to create a "reading" of your total body and where you are experiencing blocks in the chi or life force.
The Experience of Acupuncture
The most common question - and fear - of acupuncture is that it is painful. A fear of needles is also a common myth which is associated with getting an acupuncture treatment.
Despite the look of needles being inserted into different meridian points, acupuncture is painless and the needles do not directly impact your body. They are slightly inserted underneath the skin to stop any damage from occurring to your muscles or tissue.
There are some who do have some pain when the needles are inserted. This is due to larger blocks that are in the meridian points and which create a response from the body as the needles begin to unblock these areas.
Usually, the pain of the needles lasts for one moment and quickly disperses as the treatment continues, allowing for a release of the blocked chi in the one area.
Acupuncture with Pulsators
What Acupuncture Treats
Acupuncture is effective both as a prevention and for more severe conditions. It is recommended to focus on one point for a series of treatments for a complete release of blocked points.
Some of the remedies that acupuncture is known to treat include:
- Headaches and migraines
- Lower back pain and shoulder pain
- Respiratory disorders
- Labor pain or menustral cramps
- Weight loss
- Age reduction with facial acupuncture
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There are other symptoms which can be applied with acupuncture, specific to the individual that is receiving the treatment and their needs. It is essential to speak to a practitioner about your current state and allow them to effectively diagnose your needs.
Facial Acupuncture Treatment
Popularity of Acupuncture Among Celebrities
A recent craze that isn't expected to go anywhere soon is with celebrities who endorse acupuncture and use it continuously as a natural, cosmetic alternative to age reduction as well as a natural remedy for more severe issues.
Individuals such as Sheryl Crow, Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, and Celion Dion have all raved about the use of acupuncture for serious, or not so serious, treatments.
In many instances, it is known that the celebrities used acupuncture as a complimentary alternative to treating cancer or other illnesses and diseases. In other cases, the celebrities are interested in the acupuncture treatments for facial care, specifically to stimulate and rejuvenate the areas which don't produce as much collagen or hormones while offering an age defying approach.
Procedures and What to Expect
When you start an acupuncture treatment, the focal area of your body will be identified. The needles that are placed in your body will go to the identified meridian points to release energy.
In older practices, needles would be slightly twisted or turned in order to create stimulation while you were going through the procedure. Today, light pulsations are used with technology to stimulate the meridian points and to continue to release blocked chi from the body. This is often combined with heat to loosen the muscles and tissue around the meridian points and to assist with releasing any blocks.
An acupuncture treatment is usually applied for 15 - 20 minutes to have full effect. After the needles are removed, heat pads are placed on the body to offer release and to continue to unblock specific parts of the body.
Applied Acupressure Massage with Acupuncture
A process that is often used with acupuncture treatments is a combined remedy with acupressure. This massage is able to move deeper into the meridian points while offering continuous release from the body.
The acupressure massage will focus on meridian points after an acupuncture treatment. The massage therapist will apply pressure to the specific points, specifically to unblock unwanted chi and to further emphasize the work of the needles at the specific meridian points.
Acupressure massages are able to go to areas where the needles were not focused on. For instance, if you receive a back treatment, the massage can be used in combination to release blocked chi from the legs and arms. By doing this, it balances the flow of chi in the body and further stimulates release.
In older traditions, acupressure massage is combined with traditional herbal supplements, as well as camphor balm or oils, all which are known to loosen the tissues and muscle around the meridian points.
Does It Work?
Discover more about acupuncture with these accredited sites:
1. Medical News Today. "Acupuncture: How it works, uses, benefits, risks." Retrieved from: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/156488
2. May Clinic. "Acupuncture." Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/acupuncture/about/pac-20392763
3. John Hopkins Medicine. "Acupuncture." Retrieved from: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/acupuncture
4. Cac, Giovanni. (2015). "The Foundations of Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Text." Churchill Livingstone.
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