If you have a health condition for which you have not found satisfactory treatment, you may want to consider acupuncture. Acupuncture is one part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which has been developed over thousands of years. TCM has been proven to work well for a host of health issues and is one of the most respected medical traditions in the world. There are five branches of TCM: Acupuncture, Herbal Formulas, Qi Gong, Acupressure and Therapeutic Massage.
Most people know that acupuncture involves inserting needles in various points on the body. Not quite as many people realize that the needles are extremely fine, or that they are sterile and only used once. First time patients are often tense, waiting for the pain of the needle. They are surprised when the needle was inserted and they didn’t even notice. While some don’t feel the needles at all, others do feel a tingling sensation, a slight ache or a feeling of warmth.
Acupuncture makes use of channels of energy that flow through the body in a known pattern. The channels are called meridians; the energy is referred to as Qi. An oversimplified way to think of acupuncture is to compare it to how your blood moves through your veins. Just as a bruise forms when your blood pools and does not flow in your veins properly, health problems result when Qi cannot move through your body as it should.
Many people see dramatic results very quickly, especially for pain management, but acupuncture is not a magical cure-all. Sometimes numerous treatments are necessary, and sometimes a combination of different types of treatments and dietary changes will be the best way to provide relief. A thoroughly trained, professional practitioner of TCM will be able to diagnose and guide you through the best treatment plan for your problem.