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Acupuncture: How Does It Work and Why Is It Beneficial for Health

Unlike other traditional methods, acupuncture has brought relief to people around the world due to its ability to reverse healing and greatly improve overall health. This therapeutic technique is based on the “Jingluo” concept, an invisible system of analogous points that are distributed throughout the human body and that communicate through a network of imaginary meridians.

According to the World Health Organization today acupuncture can be used to treat more than 300 diseases. In 1979 the WHO recognized its effectiveness and suggested that at least 43 of these diseases could be treated with great success.

Benefits of Acupuncture

The benefits provided by this method are multiple, and one of them is that you can reduce stress with acupuncture, and that’s because it has a great capacity to raise vital energy, strengthen the immune system, promote blood circulation, balance energy and improve a high percentage of general health.

Its effectiveness is due to the release of neurotransmitter substances that originate at the level of the central nervous system, such as endorphins, serotonin and other hormones responsible for generating an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect in the body.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) reveals that acupuncture is a reasonable option for those who suffer from chronic pain, such as lower back, neck, or knee pain. In fact, some recent studies supported by the NIH analyze the possibility of reducing the frequency of hot flashes associated with menopause with acupuncture.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is first performed by hand and by a trained professional. In itself, the patient undergoes an evaluation to identify the symptoms that afflict him, and once identified, treatment begins. At first the needles are carefully inserted into specific points on the patient’s body but very superficially into the skin.

What is experienced with acupuncture?

Needles generally cause a tingling sensation and that is because a nerve ending or the nerve itself is stimulated, which transmits a stimulus to the nervous system. Between 10 to 20 small sterile disposable needles are used at a time, which is placed in specific “meridians” of the body.

The needles remain for a short period of time, around 30 to 40 minutes. The needles are then removed and the patient can continue with their normal day.

What kind of patients can undergo acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be used in any type of person, however, there are certain contraindications such as pregnant women, it is not that they cannot undergo acupuncture but certain care must be taken.

The same with cancer patients and people who suffer from a modern pathology such as the diabetic foot, actually anyone with exposed wounds, since if they are close to any of the analogous points it is not advisable to puncture in that area. More than contraindications are precautions.

Compared to other techniques, what special benefit does acupuncture bring?

It is what is being talked about a lot nowadays, in reality, acupuncture is more than prohibited in some patients, the main benefit of this technique is that it does not have side effects, unlike various drugs.

The effect of acupuncture will always be positive, it has never had a negative effect on the patient, whether it is stomach upsets, headaches, weakness in the body, or dizziness. Acupuncture is free of this type of side effects.

How long does it take for a patient to see results?

The results should be immediate. In the first session, patients are expected to reduce pain by 50%. If the pathology is chronic or acute, the patient is given a treatment plan. When chronic pathologies take many years, the treatment will of course take a little longer.

Is acupuncture safe for children?

Although children are more restless, as specialists we must be much more careful. If the child is scared of needles and does not tolerate pain, it is best to perform massages to make it much friendlier. To treat some remedies in the little ones, acupressure is applied, this technique helps strengthen their immune system and helps prevent diseases; Ideally, it should be applied between 4 and 5 years of age.


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