Can acupuncture relieve pain?

Chronic pain, more than any other complaint, brings people to acupuncture. Many patients have been taking pain medications for years without ever getting permanent relief, and pain medications seldom relieve the underlying cause. Acupuncture’s reputation stands on its ability to relieve pain while addressing the underlying cause.

Can acupuncture relieve stress?

Stress contributes to a host of chronic illnesses and conditions. Too much stress tends to affect the balance of Qi in the body which can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, headaches, depression and many other stress-related conditions. Acupuncturists sometimes recommend periodic acupuncture care to bring Qi into balance and keep it that way. Feelings of stress through acupuncture are replaced with a sense of well-being.

How old is acupuncture?

Based on archaeological discoveries, scholars believe acupuncture in its rudimentary form may date back 5,000 to 7,000 years. The first formal record was compiled in China between 300 B.C. and 100 B.C.

The first documentation of acupuncture was found in the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine), considered one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world. It describes human health and disease. The Huang Di Nei Jing describes the meridians, types of needles (originally made of bian stones, then later metal needles), functions of acupuncture points, and needling techniques. Though there have been advances in Traditional Chinese Medicine since then, the basic elements of acupuncture remain the same.

Is acupuncture practiced in medical facilities?

Acupuncture has become universally accepted, and as result is being increasingly practiced in hospitals, pain management centers, doctor’s offices, rehabilitation centers and other medical facilities. Acupuncture is recognized by The World Health Organization and The National Institute of Health as an effective and safe treatment modality with various diseases.

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