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Acupuncture has been healing all types of ailments in the United States ever since it was introduced there in the 1970’s.  While there are some that will endlessly debate the effectiveness of this treatment, there are many who are adherents to this type of treatment.

Acupuncture was developed more than 3000 years as an alternative to surgery.  The ancient Chinese used this treatment to try to make it an all-encompassing solution for their sicknesses.  Records of thousand years of research and study formed the basis on how it is practiced in the modern era.  Acupuncture is about using very thin and non-hollow needles to treat the patient of whatever ails him/her.  The needles just barely pierce the skin and are placed in a way that causes changes in the energy balance of the body.

Initially visiting an acupuncturist, the patient will be physically examined in a way dissimilar to a mainstream physician.  The acupuncturist will examine the head area and will fashion a unique treatment program based on the patient’s unique constitution.  After examination, the patient is laid on a medical table and the treatment will start.  The needles used are sterile stainless steel needles and are inserted in specific points in the skin called acupuncture points or acupoints.  After around 30 to 40 minutes, the needles are removed out of the skin and the treatment session ends.  The acupuncturist will observe the reaction of the patient to see the treatment’s effectiveness.  Most treatments are multiple session ones and the length of the treatment itself will depend on the severity of the ailment.

It is best that one finds a highly recommended acupuncturist if he/she desires to try acupuncture.  If one is near a particular Chinese community, chances are that there are expert acupuncturists staying there.  If there are no nearby Chinese communities, learning centers are good places to look for acupuncturists.  It is also good to look for them in the same areas where mainstream physicians hold office.

When choosing an acupuncturist, safety is the most important criteria.  Good acupuncturists usually will have the appropriate certification and have a registered office for their practice.  All needles should be properly sterilized and the patient needs to ask the acupuncturist if this is so.  After all, the needles will be inserted in the patient’s body.

All the time, the acupuncturist expects this question to be asked by the patient.  Also, the patient should ask what side effects are to be expected from the treatment.

Whether one is looking for an alternative approach to conventional treatment or merely looking for a non-invasive type of procedure, acupuncture can give adequate relief.  Select the best acupuncturist you can find and get the best benefits of a treatment that has been around for thousands of years.

Written by Valerie

August 6th, 2012 at 3:14 am