By Dr. Clara Barnett
Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice from China that can be very effective for many conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the ability of acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine to treat over 200 common health conditions. These include diseases and disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials.
Acupuncture can be helpful for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. Stimulation of acupuncture points can increase the production of endorphins, restore hormonal balance and activate the immune system. Acupuncture can also be helpful to control itching.
How dose acupuncture work?
According to acupuncture theory, our bodies contain “Qi” or energy that circulates along pathways called meridians. Each meridian is connected to specific internal organs and systems. If Qi becomes imbalanced or blocked, it can lead to many symptoms and illness. Acupuncture is used to remove the obstruction and restore the body’s balanced state. Each acupuncture point has a predictable effect. The practitioner chooses points based on symptoms as well as pulse and tongue diagnosis.
Are there other benefits?
Patients often feel very relaxed during sessions. While addressing a specific health issue, acupuncture can have the effect of decreasing stress and allowing your body to rest and rejuvenate.
Is it painful?
Usually, there is very little pain associated with acupuncture treatments. Patients may feel a very slight pinprick and either a mild tingling sensation or a little dull ache. At the time the needle is inserted, some may feel soreness or slight pain which is short term. Other patients may feel nothing. Certain sensations can be beneficial.