Acupuncture is not a new therapy, but it is a relatively new treatment for many Americans suffering from acute and chronic health issues. Here is what you need to know:
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been practiced for more than 3,000 years. This practice involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles to specific points (acupoints) along meridians that span the length of your body (from head to foot).
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture works by stimulating energy flow along the meridians, which correspond to various organs and systems in your body. Increased energy flow is believed to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes to bring pain relief and lasting healing.
Acupuncture may be enhanced by the application of electrical stimulation and heat (moxibustion) and/or used in combination with other treatments like massage, cupping and herbal liniments, tinctures or teas.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
Because acupuncture meridians span your entire body and correspond to every part of your organism, acupuncture can treat any body system, including:
- Nervous system
- Digestive system
- Cardiovascular system
- Endocrine system
Clinical studies on acupuncture demonstrate its success in treating a wide range of conditions, including:
- Chronic musculoskeletal pain
In fact, the National Institute of Health (NIH) has documented and publicized the safety and efficacy of acupuncture, and acupuncture treatment is covered by numerous insurance policies.