Originated in China and then spread throughout Asia, acupuncture was a traditional medical treatment used to relieve pain and heal illnesses. The Yin and Yang of bodily health is the foundation and theory behind the treatment, and is more of a doctrine or religion than a physical science.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture treatment is when tiny, hair-like needles are placed at certain points all over the body. It is believed that when these “acupuncture points” are stuck, it stimulates the nervous system, causing a release of chemicals that cause a complex reaction in the body, thus improving pain and restoring healthy balance in the body.
What happens when you get an acupuncture treatment?
1. The first visit to an Acupuncturist would be like any other first-time medical visit. You would talk to the Acupuncturist about pain you’re having, and answer any questions they may have about your medical history, etc.
2. For the actual treatment, you will be asked to change into a gown or suited clothing, and asked to lie down on a foam-covered table. Soothing music is often played to help you relax.
3. Depending on your complaint, tiny hair-fine needles are placed into the acupuncture points in places such as your legs, belly, arms, etc. Some people don’t feel a thing as the needles are being placed, some feel a little pressure in the spots, and a few feel minor discomfort for a couple seconds. Many people fall asleep during the process.
4. Some light-headedness and minimal soreness can possibly occur after the treatment.
The effectiveness and number of treatments vary widely depending on the individual and the complaints.
Said pros of acupuncture treatments
-It can cause relief from pain, nausea, or other complaints
-It can allow you to feel relaxed throughout the treatment
-Recent studies show that contrary to belief, risks are minimum, and acupuncture is considered a very safe alternative for pain relief.
Said cons of acupuncture treatments
-Symptoms can get worse for a few days before they get better
-Can cause sleepiness or light-headedness after treatment
-Not everyone will experience relief from the treatments
-Can cause temporary changes in gut functions (eating, bowel movements, urination, sleep, etc.)
-Not scientifically proven to work. “Placebo”(not using real needles) and fake treatments render the same results as the real thing.
To do acupuncture, or not to do acupuncture, that is the question.
The choice is completely up to you. Some people find great relief and enjoyment through the treatments, while others steer clear from it altogether. I tend to be one of those who steer clear because of the fact that the foundation for acupuncture treatment is steeped in Chinese traditional belief, and that “religion” does not line up with God’s Word, but that is a personal choice I have after having made a thorough research and evaluation of the therapy. I encourage you to do the same, and base your decision off of much study and consideration.