How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat various health problems. It is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and today it is also popular in the West. Studies have proved it successful in relieving pain, treating many health conditions and relieving symptoms in many illnesses.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the idea of qi: energy that moves in the body inside meridians (energy pathways). Blockages in the energy flow can cause illness and pain. Acupuncture tries to release these blockages and promote qi flow in the energy channels. It also stimulates the different internal organs and body systems such as the immune system, the nervous system and the digestive system and its organs. The idea is to encourage the body to heal itself and to make sure qi moves freely around the body.

An acupuncturist uses thin, long needles that are inserted at specific points along the energy channels. The needles are sterile single-use needles. The needle is only inserted to the top layer of the skin and most people hardly feel it; acupuncture treatments are painless and people sometimes describe the needle insertion as similar to a mosquito bite. The needles are then left on the skin for 10 to 30 minutes, although some treatments can last longer. Some acupuncturists use heat therapy called moxibustion; heat is added to the needles to stimulate the healing effect.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture treatments are used to relieve pain, to help recovery from injuries and to release muscle spasms. Many patients have found relief from headaches and migraines. Acupuncture is also used successfully to treat many respiratory conditions such as colds, coughs and other infections, sinusitis and asthma as well as allergic conditions. Acupuncture treatments are very successful in relieving stress and insomnia. Acupuncture is also used in digestive conditions, immune system disorders and hormonal imbalances.

In many cases the patient feels relief from symptoms already after one treatment. Usually a course of treatments is required to get the best possible results. Acupuncturists can also recommend herbal remedies to take at home.

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Advice On Dealing With Severe Back Pain

167208624Back pain is something from which millions of people suffer, and just thinking about it can be stressful enough to cause even more back pain. The causes of back pain are as numerous as the cures, but this article has some simple ideas you can use to successfully combat back pain.

Take over-the-counter pain medications first. A simple over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can usually take the edge off most backaches. Follow the instructions on the label, and take it as directed when your back starts acting up. If it isn’t enough, consider paying a visit to your doctor.

To get temporary relief from back pain, consider both ice and heat for at-home treatment. Ice is most effective in reducing pain from a recent injury as it helps to reduce inflammation. Meanwhile, heat is more effective at penetrating deeply to soothe more serious injuries related to chronic back pain.

Indulge in cardiovascular activities often. Cardiovascular activities are a great help towards a healthier body, and give great conditioning to the joints and muscles, helping to prevent back pain. While there are other great exercises out there, cardiovascular workouts put much less strain on your back muscles, therefore offering an optimal exercise for those that experience back pain.

Strengthening your muscles is as important to healing from a back injury as it is to preventing future injury. That said, people already experiencing back pain should not engage in exercises that put undue strain on their injured muscles. For that reason, walking briskly every day is the best way to work through injuries while also working all the muscles in your body to prevent future injuries.

The back of the human body is a complex network of muscles, so the causes of back pain can vary greatly. However, success in treating back pain is always the same in the end: you feel better. Keep the advice in this article in mind, and your back will start feeling better in no time.