Acupuncture has a long history. It dates back at least 3,000 years. It is a core healing technique in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It’s popularity around the world has gown and more than 14 million Americans have tried it, according to a recent National Health Interview. At least 3,000 physicians offer some acupuncture services nationwide.
The idea behind is simple; the human body has more than 2,000 points that connect with 20,000 meridians (pathways). By correctly channeling the body’s energy flow or qi (pronounced “chee”), many physical ailments can be treated. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes it as a good option for more than two dozen conditions. The profound teachings of those Chinese practitioners have been passed down from generation to generation.
Is acupuncture right for me?
This ancient healing process has been used for a wide variety of ailments and conditions. It is one of the forms of healing that has been used for chronic pain but also fertility. The practitioner will insert tiny acupuncture needs into points in the body. When done correctly, the experience is virtually painless. The direction of the qi can correct imbalances and the result is an adjustment in hormone levels or the amount of neurotransmistters. It can also bolster the immune system.
One key feature of acupuncture is the reduction of inflammation, which leads to pain. Acupuncture for back pain is a fairly common practice. Studies have shown the pain reduction is similar to what people get from more traditional treatments. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce a person’s pain level by about 50%, this is comparable to the pain reduction achieved from medication.
The path to live a more spiritual life
Acupuncture’s roots are ancient. This kind of treatment can be paired very well with meditation for a double whammy of stress relief. The contemplative nature of each combine to form a very effective way to combat anxiety and tension, which both can lead to neck and back pain. The profound teachings of Buddha, for instance, can help people lead a more contemplative life that can make them healthier. Stress can lead to pain and insomnia and that is really bad for your health.
Many people do not see the connection between the mind and the body. When we feel tired and stressed, our bodies release cortisol, the stress hormone. In short bursts, this is a good thing. It makes us run away from that lion or whatever. For the longer term, it can lower our immune system and have a detrimental impact on the human body.
By focusing on a few things such as the qi in acupuncture or breathing when we meditate,the stress hormone levels decrease and homeostasis is reestablished. They may be from thousands of years ago but the profound teachings that brought us these healing methods can guide us as much today as back then.
Acupuncture continues to become more mainstream. Many acupuncture clinics accept health insurance, making it available to a larger number of people.