Bearing the pain of an injection needle is a big deal for most of us. What will be our state of mind if doctors say that needles need to be inserted through your skin in various places in the body? Some of us may faint! That’s acupuncture-a form of treatment where thin needles are inserted through the skin at strategic points in the body to stimulate them. This has been practiced by Chinese since ages as a traditional medicine form and followed in other Asian countries as well.
Why Use Acupuncture?
Although researchers aren’t fully aware of the working principles of acupuncture, research shows that acupuncture helps relieve nausea and vomiting after surgery and chemotherapy. It can also reduce pain, trigger your body’s pain-killing chemicals and affect the way your body releases chemicals that regulate blood pressure and flow.
Some other studies prompt that acupuncture may ease chronic pains such as low-back pain, neck pain and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It can also reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches.
Between 5 and 20 needles are inserted for a typical treatment and remain in the body for 10 to 20 minutes. A mild tingling sensation or discomfort is felt when the needles are inserted, and no unease is experienced when they are removed.
Side effects of acupuncture include:
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