What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine that has since spread to other parts of East Asia, including Japan, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, where the technique was modified for local tastes and preferences. While it took some time for the practice (along with other forms of traditional Chinese medicine) to reach the Western world, it has since caught on as a popular means to supplement other forms of proper medical care to fill in the gaps that even the best medical care can not easily tend to. Acupuncture is mostly popular in immigrant Asian communities in the Western world, but the practice is growing in popularity among other communities.

The practice of acupuncture sounds deceptively simple. To get more information on acupuncture and some of the primary and secondary benefits go here to find out more http://thelocalhealingroom.com/acupuncture/. The acupuncturist inserts thin needles or applies extremely focused pressure or heat to specific points on the body. Modern modifications of this ancient practice have also seen the use of specialized laser lights to make an impact on specific parts of the human body. Particularly intense forms of acupuncture involve needles that deliver electricity in their shafts or needles heated over an open flame. Qualified acupuncturists do not reuse their needles as a matter of hygiene intended to prevent their clients from developing potentially dangerous infections.

The exact spots these needles are placed depends largely on the theories and concepts of acupuncture followed by the acupuncturist. Traditionally, these needles are placed in spots where the flow of qi (a life force energy that is an important concept of traditional Chinese medicine) in the body is dangerously off balance. By inserting needles at specific points (called meridians), this balance is restored and in theory leads to an improvement in the patient’s health, whether their problem is pain or disease.

A less mystical basis for acupuncture holds that the insertion of the needles released endorphins that the body produces naturally. When these needles are inserted into the proper regions of the body, the body releases endorphins that, through natural means, numb the pain in the afflicted area. Other modern practitioners of this ancient art have, through animal research, come to assume that the needles inserted into the skin relieve pain through the local release of a natural biochemical called adenosine which is used in Western medicine practices as a pain reliever. While few modern acupuncturists maintain that the practice can treat disease, there is some speculation that acupuncture is capable of providing relief from gastrointestinal problems. Get more information about acupuncture from a trained professional from a clinic like Dania Beach Spa – The Local Healing Room before getting this type of service done to make sure you fully understand the expectations and procedures used.