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A guide to acupuncture

A guide to acupuncture

Firstly acupuncture is an alternative eastern medicine. It has its origins in China. It is rooted in Taoism. The first place it appeared in text was in the ‘Yellow Empires Classic of Internal Medicine’. It works by manipulating tiny needles that have be inserted into the skin. Originally the needles where made of bone, now however, the needles are hairy thin and made of stainless steel. According to the traditional Chinese medicine the stimulation of these needles can adjust the imbalances in the flow of qi. The qi flows through meridians of which there are twelve.

It is generally accepted that acupuncture can be successfully used to treat certain types of pain and nausea, in particular, post-operative nausea. However, many people believe that the effects of acupuncture can be accounted for by the placebo effect of the needles entering the skin and the persons belief that the treatment will be effective. Acupuncture is generally accepted as a safe practice when administered by a well-trained practitioner using appropriate needles, and carries a low risk of serious adverse effects.

Acupuncture is now widely available in most places. For example, if you simply do a Google search for ‘acupuncture’ the first result will be a search box for an acupuncturist in your area. This is a very useful tool. It is important to ensure that the acupuncturist is endorsed. Ensure that they are registered. Ensure you are wiped with alcohol, and shown the needle being taking out of the package, so as you know the needles.

Overall, the experience is described as very relaxing and although there may be a slight stinging when the needle is first inserted, there is no feeling or pain once the needle has been inserted. It is also recommended that you go more than once, as the effects of acupuncture appear over a much longer time than modern western medicine.

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