Healing with Acupuncture. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to receive acupuncture? Acupuncture is used to rebalance the body’s energies to improve emotional and physical health. Acupuncture has been practiced in China and Japan for thousands of years. Acupuncture is used to rebalance the body’s energies and improve health.
Only recently found wide acceptance in the last few decades. Tiny hair-like needles are inserted into Meridian areas, or acupuncture points, of the body in the attempt to promote natural healing. It can be used along with traditional medicine.
How It Works
The human body is made of energy and electrical impulses running throughout the body. Our nervous system, functions of the nervous system signaling the brain to tell coordinated parts of the body to perform. Those signals or synapses are electric, communication from the brain to one part of the body to the other.
Acupuncture finds the areas of the body (meridians points) that are not functioning properly, or blocked, remove the blockages, and restore healthy communication to the organs of the body. It stimulates the nervous system to regulate the body systems, promoting better mental, physical and emotional health. It is used for everything from, pain relief, to depression and anxiety, to infertility.
Ask About Credentials
If you do not have a friend who can give you a reference, it is up to you to look at the practitioner’s, education, time in practice and if they are trained in clean needle technique. If you are seeking help for migraines, or infertility, look for someone what had extensive experience in the area. All practitioners should be able to treat most conditions, but they often have areas of expertise. Also, find out if they are getting a continued education. You want someone, who is not only thoroughly trained but continuing to develop their skills.
Be Comfortable with your Acupuncturist
It is important to find an acupuncturist whom you have a rapport with. This person is going to be sticking needles in you and you want to really like the person who is going to be treating you for several months. Find someone who will take the time to explain to you everything they are doing and answer any questions you may have. You should feel comfortable with anyone who is treating you medically.
Questions They May Ask
An acupuncturist will ask questions similar to the ones a doctor may ask when seeing you. What brings you here today? When did the problem first begin? How long have you had the problem? What medication are you taking? They may also request you fill out a health report questionnaire. The questionnaire will ask about any medical issues you are experiencing such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, headaches, pain, etc.
How Much will it Cost?
This is important, as acupuncture can become quite costly. Most insurance companies do not cover non-traditional medicine, so you will have to pay for it yourself. Make a few calls to find someone who may be flexible in their price, especially if you plan on going for several months. I had one of my best treatments when visiting Florida. This practitioner changes according to your ability. This unusual office practices as a calling and a community service.
The cost is relative. If you have been seeing a doctor for 5 years and still have the same problem, how much have you spent on visits as well as medication? Give it a try. Last year I had a pinched nerve in the shoulder and could not lift my arm. I went to the emergency room where there were about 40 people waiting to be seen. I walked out of the hospital and Googled acupuncture in my area.
Luckily I found one willing to see me without an appointment. After my treatment, I received considerable mobility in the arm and after the second treatment I was able to lift my arm completely, and the problem hasn’t returned. Acupuncture is not a cover-up of symptoms, but treats the root cause of the problem, in an attempt to balance the body, so that it will heal naturally.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
The needles used are about the size of a human hair and if the person knows what they are doing you should feel little, or nothing at all. Receiving acupuncture should not be uncomfortable. If you are extremely sensitive, you may feel a very slight prick.
Needles will be placed in several areas of your body associated with the meridians. You don’t necessarily have to take off your clothes unless you are having your back treated. Either way, if you desire, you can ask for a blanket.
How Long will it Take?
Acupuncture is not a quick cure and may take several week or months to see lasting results. It will depend on, what you are being treated for, and how serious your conditions. Also, different people respond differently to treatment. You will initially be asked to return every week, for a period of time designated by your practitioner. As your symptoms improve, you may move to bi-weekly and then monthly, and then as necessary.
What to Expect Your First Visit
Your first meeting will entail, filling out a health form, to give a general history of your health, and note the reason for your visit. The acupuncturist will go over the form with you and find out what you would like treatment for. It is possible to have more than one problem addressed in a session. He/she will also go over the prices. This is when you will find out if they have a sliding scale or are flexible in their pricing. After your consultation, you will receive your first treatment.
The room you will be conducive to creating a pleasant, calming experience. There will be music or background noise, such as waves crashing on the shore, softly playing. You will be made comfortable and the lights will be lowered while you are receiving the treatment. Often the client becomes so relaxed that they will fall asleep during your treatment. After treatment, you will be given suggestion for self-care and asked to keep a diary of your experience, making not of improvement or changes in your health.
Does it Work?
Several years ago, I had pain in one shoulder that was so painful, I had great difficulty reaching back for my seat belt. I went to the doctor and was told, I had bursitis and told me to take Motrin when the pain got worse. Rather than taking Motrin for the rest of my life, I decided to see an acupuncturist. It was a wonderful experience and every time I went, I was so relaxed, I fell asleep during treatment.
I had three treatments, and my shoulder has never locked again. Don’t use acupuncture as a replacement for seeing your physician. Let your doctor know you are seeing a holistic practitioner and keep him abreast of your progress. Many doctors now encourage alternative modes of treatment for pain, back issues, etc.