Pain Management Through Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture is based on the theory that the body is composed of several pathways through which energy or life forces called "qi" pass and it is when these pathways are obstructed and the smooth flow of energy is prevented that diseases occur. Additionally it is believed that the opposing forces called yin and yan regulate bodily functions and a balance in these forces leads to optimal health.
It involves the sticking of needles at specific points in the body to remove pathway obstructions and restore balance in the flow of energy. It has been widely used for the treatment and management of pain including headaches, back pain, osteoarthritis, migraines and menstrual cramps.
It is a simple procedure and when done by a trained acupuncturist, acupuncture treatment has been proven to be effective in relieving pain and is considered by many as a safer alternative to pain killers and anti-inflammatory medicines that Western medicine prescribes. Â
And since acupuncture treatment does not involve the use of harmful chemicals for pain management, it offers a healthier option. Â Instead of introducing toxic substances into the body, it induces the elimination of these harmful toxins by clearing the pathways for smoother blood flow.
Because of successful results in alleviating pain, pain management experts have started to view acupuncture as a viable alternative to conventional medicine.
There are many types of acupuncture treatment and the style and method vary with each acupuncturist and will depend on the patient's condition and type of pain. Â The acupuncturist starts by asking you questions concerning the symptoms that you feel.
He may also want to take your pulse and examine your tongue for color, shape and coating. These are two major diagnostic procedures that are the trademark of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Â The pulse and the tongue are considered the windows to your bodily functions and gives the acupuncturist a clear idea of which parts of your body are blocking the energy flow and causing the symptoms that you are experiencing.
These examinations will enable your acupuncturist to determine at which points in your body to stick the needle in and undertake the appropriate type of treatment for your particular condition.
Acupuncture treatment has proven successful in pain management for a lot of people who have subscribed to it. Â But before you embark on this type of treatment it would be wise to consult your physician and get his opinion. He can determine if this type of treatment will be suitable for your particular condition and even recommend a certified and competent for you.