How much do you really know about acupuncture and the way it works?
First, it’s one of the most ancient forms of healing, becoming a part of traditional Chinese medicine about 3000 years ago. Acupuncture can help to relieve chronic pain, reduce inflammation and help you to feel stronger by improving the energy flow throughout your body. Or, you can use as part of an overall life improvement program in conjunction with diet and exercise.
The theory of acupuncture is based upon the belief that there are 20 pathways in the human body, connected to more than 2000 potential points of stimulation. FDA-approved metallic needles are inserted at some of these locations during an acupuncture treatment session, numbering from one up to about 20. They vary in length and are typically left in place for 15 to 30 minutes. Insertion and manipulation of those needles is what targets the pain and inflammation in the target areas.
How effective is it? Acupuncture was shown to relieve pain by about 50% in 29 different studies. It can also be useful for treating the side effects of chemotherapy. The World Health Organization has endorsed the use of acupuncture to treat least two dozen conditions
Recent statistics indicate that more than 14 million Americans have tried acupuncture. And it’s no longer only available from specialists. Surveys have found that more than 3000 physicians in the U.S. now offer acupuncture as part of their practices.
You can expect to pay from $65 to $125 per session for a treatment session.
History has shown that acupuncture can benefit a great many people who are suffering from pain and/or inflammation. It also contributes to a general sense of physical well-being. To see if it’s right for you, gather all the information you can find…and talk to others who have been helped. Then, take the next step and make acupuncture part of your plan to live a healthier, less stressful life.