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Acupuncture – December 17, 2012
To Poke or not to Poke?
Nobody likes getting a needle stuck anywhere on them, or do we? What is it with needles that we consciously have to convince ourselves not to flinch even if it’s for just a blood sample? Alright, some manly men are not scared of needles but, did you know that a needle, put on the right place on the body will, in fact, not hurt at all and instead, be good for you? Yes, you’ve heard of it and it is called acupuncture, and no, it isn’t painful.
To make us less scared and more open to this technique, let’s find out how it works.
• The Works
Acupuncture works by the insertion of needles at specific lines and point on the body. This form of alternative medicine originated in ancient China and thus is related to the Chinese concept of “qi.” Qi or chi is supposedly the flow of energy in the body, this energy flow travels along “meridians.” And, according to ancient Chinese medicine, this energy flow can actually be disrupted which results in ailments like abdominal pain, muscular pain, numbness, among other things. In order to correct the disrupted flow, the acupuncturist corrects and manipulates the energy flow to re-establish harmony via the use of needles applied to these specific points.
• What does the West say?
Western medicine has not found any physical evidence of the meridians or qi but, modern research actually shows that acupuncture may actually be more effective than other forms of anaesthesia or placebo therapy . Studies in the structure and functioning of the human body (anatomy and physiology) show that there are in fact points on the body that are void of pain receptors (Nociceptors) so it is possible that these points are actually avoiding these receptors. In fact, in some medical procedures, acupuncture helps a great deal.
• Before you get poked…
Safety. Get the advice of your doctor and do your own research. Remember that you always have to be careful and see to it that you are fully aware of what you are getting yourself into. Once that you are satisfied with what you have understood and learned; you cannot just get anybody to make you into their pincushion. Verify that the acupuncturist that is going to work on you has acquired the necessary certifications and licenses to do their practices. Usually, the city government gives these licenses and make sure that your acupuncturist is a member of an organization, this way you can be assured of your safety all the more.
Things to remember…
Have an open mind but be reasonable and smart, even conventional medicine has its own set of risks and advantages and this goes for alternative medicine as well. Safety is always a primary concern. Always ask the advice of your personal doctor, do research and inquire about the experiences of others before undergoing any procedure. It never hurts to be more confident in whatever you do. Acupuncture looks promising and the results cannot be denied, so the decision falls to the consumer on how to go about improving their life. Be open but smart, but most of all, know what matters to you.