What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an age old practice, dating back some 2,500 years. It was first used under the reign of China’s Yellow Emperor, is integrally connected to traditional Chinese medicine, and has seen renewed interest in recent years. . It is predicated on the belief that there are meridians, or channels, throughout the body that connect different functions by way of flowing energy, or “chi.” In order for one to feel the strongest and healthiest they can, their chi must be able to flow freely and uninterrupted. Any sort of disruptions or blockages in one’s energy flow is believed to be a sign of pathology, whether physical, spiritual, or emotional.
The practice of acupuncture incorporates the placement of fine, metallic, specialized needles that are placed along the meridians and energy pathways in the body. Needles are placed strategically so that they can repair the blockages the patient is experiencing. Relief is not felt instantly, but rather, cumulatively. Each organ in the body corresponds to specific meridians, allowing practitioners to detect disease states and comport their treatments as necessary. Though acupuncture has long been considered an “alternative treatment,” it is becoming more widely accepted within mainstream and Western medical practice.
Why choose acupuncture?
Whether or not acupuncture is the right treatment for you depends on several variables. For starters, if you have tried other forms of alternative medicine with success, then by all means, acupuncture may be a good way to go. Additionally, if you prefer a more mind- body, holistic approach to health and wellness, acupuncture is indeed a worthwhile treatment modality that emphasizes and supports these ideals. If you are facing a life limiting or impairing illness, you may also want to explore acupuncture because it steers clear of conventional, allopathic treatments that often include harsh chemicals, toxins, foreign medical substances and the like. Before choosing any type of treatment however, it behooves you to consult with your medical practitioner so that together, you can forge the best possible, personalized plan of care.
Acupuncture is used to treat a number of conditions including pain, grief, sleep disorders, gastrointestinal distress, and depression. Nausea due to cancer treatment, headaches, and even menstrual cramps have shown promising results in the way of symptom relief and management when treated with acupuncture, too. Though the efficacy of acupuncture is difficult to measure within the treatment of any one of these conditions, there are markers used to indicate how well the treatment is working. Patients have reported deeper, more quality sleep, a reduction on pain, greater self awareness, as well as feeling energized. While these are hard to qualify or quantify, they are very real to those who experience it.
Is acupuncture right for you?
If you have a bleeding disorder or a fear of needles, acupuncture may be highly contraindicated for you. This is because you may experience bruising, bleeding, clotting, and other types of manifestations of your disorder. Because acupuncture needles use electrical pulses to unblock meridians and disrupted chi, individuals with pacemakers are also encouraged to pursue other treatment options. The electrical stimulation from the acupuncture needles may cause the pacemaker to respond in dangerous ways. Another population for which acupuncture may be discouraged are pregnant women, as there is a risk of premature delivery, induced by needle placement.
Choosing a practitioner that you trust is a key element in your relationship with acupuncture, your acupuncturist, and the belief that the treatment will work. While skill, care, and a nurturing treatment approach are very important as well, you play an active role in how well your treatment works, too. As the one receiving care, it is up to you to share with your acupuncturist what it is your are struggling with, how you are dealing with it, and why you are seeking overall wellness. Unlike medications, in which you take the pills and hope they do what the doctor said they would, acupuncture involves your entire being into the healing process.
Coral Gables Acupuncture is Here for You
The providers at Coral Gable Acupuncture are here to discuss any concerns you may have, help you understand what you will be experiencing when receiving treatment, and a reasonable time frame in which to expect symptom relief, comfort, and improved quality of life. We believe in the acupuncture we provide and believe that you will feel better, from head to toe, than you ever have before.