We have all heard of acupuncture and its benefits to our health, but do you actually know what it entails? Acupuncture treatment is a holistic practice that comes from traditional Chinese medicine and involves a licensed and well-trained professional. This technique has been in play for more than 2500 years and has been improving and evolving ever since it began. Quite literally, an acupuncturist will insert fine needles through the skin in specific areas of the body that regulate certain things. The needles stimulate points under the surface that improve overall health and specific health conditions.
Although it has been around for quite a while, it is only recently that its popularity has picked up in the Western world. Acupuncture treatments have risen steadily over time in the United States in the past few decades. Just in 2007, at least 3.1 million people in the country tried acupuncture at least once in their lives. That number actually tripled between 1997 and 2007, and it has very likely gone up since then, as practices have become more mainstream and regulated. Now some health insurance companies even cover the costs because they are realizing what amazing preventative medicine it can be. And this, of course, saves everyone money in the end. And the more this type of treatment becomes the norm in the United States, the more healthy we are to become as a nation.
One of the most common conditions treated by acupuncture is fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread and chronic pain that in which the source cannot be identified. With no known source for such discomfort, treatments can be difficult and really just a gamble. Many patients take more pain medication than they should and suffer severe side effects and declines in overall health. Most fibromyalgia treatment centers immediately recommend acupuncture as a way to reduce and treat the symptoms. In fact, many clinics even keep an acupuncturist on staff to make treatments available more easily. Needles can be placed in such a way that happiness and relaxation are increased while pain receptors can be dulled. Regular treatments have actually “cured” fibromyalgia in some patients. Again, as the exact cause of this condition is currently unknown, it is hard to determine if it can actually be cured. But over the years research has shown that this is one of the most effective treatments for those who are truly suffering.
Many conditions that are more livable can also be treated with acupuncture, such as migraines, back pain, and a weakened immune system. Most of us don’t think that we need to visit a fibromyalgia treatment clinic for something like back pain, but it could actually relieve and/or completely cure the ailment. These common conditions can cause significant suffering, but we get busy and put off the attention to them because we think popping ibuprofen daily will get us by. Only a few visits could regulate and eventually eliminate these problems, which would make us all happier and healthier. Now that you know the specifics of such a treatment, will you be more likely to try it for your next health concern?