Understanding Acupuncture and Its Benefits

Acupuncture is the insertion of needles to distinct body points that helps people feel healthy and improves body function. It promotes natural healing and aids pain and suffering. It has been shown in research that acupuncture can relieve body pain, reduce nausea and vomiting after surgery and chemotherapy. Some don’t understand how acupuncture works.

Our bodies have energy channels called meridians that flow through the body to nurture and irrigate body tissues. A trouble within the flow of these energy channels is similar to a dam that backs up in others. Meridians can be acted upon by needling acupuncture points. Acupuncture needles loosen the obstructions at the dams and restore the regular flow of the meridians. Therefore, acupuncture treatment helps in balancing the body’s internal organ functions such as digestion, absorption, energy production and the cycle of energy through the energy channels.

Acupuncture treatment energizes the nervous system to discharge chemicals in the brain, muscles and spinal cord. The enhanced energy and biochemical balance brought by acupuncture leads in arousing the body’s natural healing abilities and in advocating physical and psychological well-being.

Listed below are some health benefits of acupuncture:

1. Acupuncture sessions work on eliminating causes of chronic low back pain, arthritis and other pains. Patients can therefore experience overall physical wellness and natural healing.

2. Acupuncture benefits people who suffer from insomnia and sleeping disorders. Instead of taking medications which mostly have negative side effects on other body systems, the best way of treating such conditions is the treatment of acupuncture.

3. Acupuncture also benefits people who are in the way of surpassing specific addictions such as alcohol addiction, smoking addiction and drug addiction.

4. One of the best benefits of acupuncture therapy is that it exerts a holistic method of treatment. Acupuncture takes care of all health problems and disorders. Needling the acupuncture points helps in eliminating all of the possible causes of certain diseases and heals the patient effectively.

5. Some people do not suffer from any disease but frequently encounter a fall in energy levels due to strain and anxiety. These people can benefit a lot from the acupuncture therapy. Acupuncture makes patients feel free from stress and relieved from anxiousness.

6. Acupuncture strengthens the immune system and enhances the body’s blood circulation. Therefore, it helps patients in preventing diseases.

7. The treatment of acupuncture is completely beneficial to people who experience regular headaches and migraines. Since acupuncture doesn’t require strong medications at all, it will be best for patients in relieving the pain.

How to Get the Best Acupuncture Treatment

Most people carry out extensive research before they choose an acupuncture specialist to treat them. They focus on things like recommendations, experience and certification. These are extremely important factors, but there are also other things, which you need to look for and which will help you get the best results from your treatment. Find out what these are.

Choose a service at a convenient location.

In order for the acupuncture treatment to produce satisfactory results, the typical period required is 3 weeks. For some conditions, like depression or smoking cessation, the treatment can last for over 3 months. Given all this, it makes sense to choose a specialist whose office you can reach easily and quickly after work. That way, you will always be on time for your appointments and you will be sufficiently relaxed. These things will certainly help you make the most out of the treatment.

Make sure you feel good about the facility.

With acupuncture, important nerve centres in your body are stimulated. If you are fully relaxed during the treatment, you will enjoy maximum stimulation and the maximum possible benefit from the treatment. That is why you need to feel at ease in the treatment facility. It would be best if you can literally feel at home. You should pay a visit to the facility in advance to see how you feel. You should expect to find excellent hygiene, relaxed environment, comfortable changing rooms and friendly staff.

Establish a personal relationship with your acupuncturist.

Since the treatment is ongoing and you need to feel perfectly relaxed to get the best results, you will benefit greatly from establishing a relationship with the therapist. That way, you will feel more comfortable about discussing your condition and your concerns and about asking questions as well. You can get more individual treatment advice as well.

Coordinate acupuncture with other treatments.

This therapy is not known to have any side effects or to interfere with any other treatments or medications. Still, you will only benefit from informing your medical doctor about this therapy and your therapist about the other treatments. That way, they will be able to coordinate their strategies and work towards a common goal. This is extremely important when it comes to serious conditions, those requiring complex treatments and those affecting the skin.

Use these tips to make the most out of your acupuncture treatment. You should try to be patient and to stay relaxed to get the results which you want.

Acupuncture, High Cholesterol & High Triglycerides

One of the most prominent health concerns in America today is high cholesterol. Much of the public understands high cholesterol and high triglycerides as being a cardiovascular disorder, or a health concern due to heart and blood vessel troubles. In fact, this is actually a disorder of the body’s ability to properly breakdown and digest, or metabolize, lipoproteins (chains of fat and protein molecules).

These lipoproteins in the form of cholesterol, and/or triglycerides, accumulate in the blood and this greatly increases one’s risk of cardiovascular disease.

Western medicine focuses on treating the symptom of high cholesterol to prevent cardiovascular disorders from occurring but rarely does it focus on the root causes which allow the cholesterol to build up in the first place: The weak metabolic functioning of the body, the poor diet, and the unhealthy lifestyle of the patient. Rather it relies on statin medications which have a very high propensity for severe side effects while acupuncture and Chinese medicine offers the same benefit without the influences of statin medications and therefore without the potent side effects.

Lifestyle and nutritional/dietary changes can greatly reduce one’s cholesterol for they can increase how one’s body breaks down the cholesterol itself and limits the intake of cholesterol inducing foods.

If one suffers from high cholesterol or high triglycerides they can: Increase consumption of foods low in cholesterol such as fresh cold water fish, apples, bananas, carrots, garlic (this is a great one to increase for it is very beneficial for this purpose), olive oil, grape fruits (do not take if you are on statin medications), and oats and bran. Also, increase intake of niacin for it alone can decrease cholesterol levels (see your supplement practitioner prior to beginning this), Co-Q10, quality EPA-DHA omega 3 fish oils, vitamins B5, C, E, along with chromium picolinate, and lecithin are great additions into one’s diet.

One must also decrease the harmful cholesterol influencing foods such as tobacco products, sugar, greasy/fried foods, wine, beer, cheese, and red meats. Along with these suggestions, the National Institute of Health recommends taking 2 grams of plant sterols (phytosterols) per day to combat cholesterol. The plant sterols aid in the body’s reabsorption of cholesterol into the large intestine for elimination from the body.

In regards to lifestyle advice, one must exercise regularly to decrease the cholesterol within the blood vessels. Instead of grabbing a high sugar drink such as a soda; drink oolong, black, or green tea in its place for they help the body metabolize consumed fats. This is especially effective when drinking the teas after a meal.

In addition, acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulations are used in the treatment of cholesterol and high triglycerides for these medicines focus on the patient’s underlying weaknesses along with the symptom of high cholesterol and its influences of high blood pressure, etc. Acupuncture focuses on the underlying weakness in particular while the Chinese herbal formulations have been proven to effectively target the high cholesterol levels. Within 2 to 3 months of treatment with both acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulations, patients should start to see their cholesterol levels decrease.

With a change in diet and lifestyle, along with the proper application of acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulations, one will have the health benefiting tools at their disposal to lower their cholesterol and triglycerides and avoid the cardiovascular complications which result from such conditions.

Author:
Dr. Jon Hagenburg, DA
Rhode Island Acupuncture and Complementary Health Center.com