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Acupuncture Leads To The Alleviation Of Pain And The Improvement Of Health

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Acupuncture is used by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners to treat pain as well as disease. During a session of acupuncture, a practitioner inserts thin needles into one or more of the 2000-plus pressure points in the skin. Acupuncture works on an ancient theory that states that the insertion of needles restores the smooth flow of vital energy (qi) flow throughout the energy channels (meridians) of the body. At optimal levels, qi brings about balance and harmony to the universal forces of yin and yang. This results in the alleviation of pain and the improvement of health.

While traditional acupuncturists only use needles for healing, modern acupuncturists may apply low pulses of electric current or rotate the needles to improve the effectiveness of the treatment. Moxibustion which is the use of a moxa plant that is burned may be used during an acupuncture procedure. Acupressure is occasionally used during the same session. So too is a method known as “cupping” in which suction cups are applied to the pressure points.

There are various explanations as to how acupuncture in Maitland alleviates pain. One of these is the “gate theory.” According to this theory, pain signals use “gates” to move along neural pathways. Acupuncture needles are used to generate a stimulus that will block the pathways of the pain signals.

One other theory explaining how acupuncture works states that acupuncture needles evoke a stimulus that causes the release of the endorphins in the bloodstream. Another acupuncture theory explains that the treatment assists in the production and release of painkilling neurotransmitters in the spinal cord.

Some years ago, the University of Maryland conducted a large scale study of acupuncture treatment for knee osteoarthritis. In the study, sham acupuncture (that used either real needles or retractable needles applied into false pressure points) was compared to traditional Chinese acupuncture. A total of 570 patients were involved in the study. They reported a few benefits from exercise and anti-inflammatory drugs.

The results of the study revealed that patients given real acupuncture experienced significant improvements in mobility and pain compared to patients treated with sham acupuncture.

The study’s authors concluded that “For patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis who are experiencing moderate or severe pain despite background therapy, traditional Chinese acupuncture can provide an effective and safe treatment to improve function and alleviate pain.”

It is important to note that for some people, the effect of acupuncture in relieving pain can be modest and may take some time.

In Southampton, England a study was conducted by Dr. George Lewith that used a technology called positron emission to demonstrate how brain blood flow can be altered with real acupuncture compared to sham acupuncture which proved beyond doubt the real pain modulating effect of acupuncture on the brain.

University of Maryland professor Dr. Hochberg states “You really have to give acupuncture treatment six months In order to get its maximum benefits”. It should not be a replacement for standard treatment for arthritis and should be used in conjunction with conventional arthritis treatment. Also, be sure to consult with a licensed acupuncturist.

Written by Valerie

May 30th, 2017 at 10:28 am

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