- The start of a trend
- Eastern vs. western medicine
- How acupuncture works
- What acupuncture treats
With celebrities raving about how acupuncture has helped them lose weight or reduce stress, you may have your own questions about this form of therapy. But who do you ask? Stolman Acupuncture is here with acupuncture 101 to help answer your questions about this increasingly popular, holistic alternative to traditional medicine.
Where Did Acupuncture Come From?
Acupuncture was founded in China more than 3,000 years ago. It then became popularized in the west in the 1970s after a U.S. press member was in China to prepare for Richard Nixon’s visit and had to receive an emergency appendectomy – he was given acupuncture during the recovery period. After the procedure, U.S. doctors visited China to find out more about acupuncture.
What’s the difference Between Eastern and Western Acupuncture?
Traditional eastern acupuncturists believe acupuncture will result in the restoration of chi or qi after it has been interrupted. Blocking the flow of qi can lead to illness, so the acupuncturists locate blockage points during treatment and restore balance to the qi.
Western acupuncturists have found therapies to be a solution for issues all throughout the body, from the nervous system to the immune system, and more. Different treatments produce different results, releasing pain-relieving chemicals to reduce a variety of ailments.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
- Before inserting the needles, the acupuncture practitioner may examine sites of pain and the pulse at your wrist or other areas of your body to determine what type of acupuncture you need.
- Acupuncture has tiny needles inserted into specific areas of the body. Minimal pain may occur for first time users as needles stay in place for 10-20 minutes, or shorter/longer depending on the treatment.
- Acupuncture treatment is different for every patient, so the number and length of the sessions necessary will differ depending on the individual. For best results, follow up with your acupuncturist.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture can treat many ailments and symptoms, including:
- Orthopedic problems
- Reproductive and bladder problems
- Digestive disorders
- Menstruation pains
- Respiratory issues
- Neuromuscular facial conditions
- Neurological problems
- Other symptoms (fatigue, anxiety, stress, etc.)
Can Acupuncture Really Help with Weight Loss and Stress?
It can! Using the five-point ear treatment, a Korean study found the use of acupuncture helped participants with short-term weight loss. There is also evidence that acupuncture can help prevent, manage and relieve stress. Acupuncture can help address the causes of stress and anxiety without the reliance on traditional medications.
Ready to Try Acupuncture Yourself?
Acupuncture treatments are based entirely on individual needs and the treatment plans will differ based on the patient. To get the best acupuncture service and treatment, make an appointment with Dr. Stolman at 877-773-2022, today.