Acupuncture Hits the Mainstream

Health and wellness are top topics in today’s society as the population ages and faces the diseases of a long life. While mainstream medical field reigns supreme, acupuncture has long been a viable alternative. In fact, it is more popular than ever as a preventative and solution. Used correctly, it can promote good health and a sustainable energy.

This ancient art has multiple applications today and is becoming part of an entire battery of health procedures and age treatments including diet, exercise, herbalism, massage, plastic surgery, yoga and meditation, aromatherapy, western medicine, and more. Acupuncture can be done to remedy a flare-up or on a regular basis for maintaining general well-being.

Acupuncture may be out of your comfort zone, but it is by no means merely an archaic and odd practice with tiny needles. It is an alternative therapy that is quite mainstream and readily available across the world. You don’t have to be of Eastern origin to become an expert. Nevertheless, there are widespread myths that can hinder its usage for the masses.



Dismiss the myths


First and foremost, acupuncture is not just a novel way to relieve pain without potentially potent and addictive drugs. Yes, it does attack chronic pain, but it does so much more. Its ability to mediate pain gives it a high standing among alternatives, a standing that is also enhanced by its ability to aid infertility, insomnia, and digestive issues.

On its side, acupuncture is now recognized as a preventative for anxiety and depression along with its efficacy in treating many maladies of the body. We are having a stress epidemic in modern society, requiring a serious look at new treatments. People want to fall asleep faster, live longer, feel good during the day, and feel relaxed and calm. You may have a problem with your sex drive, PMS, or allergies. Is there anything acupuncture can’t tackle?

One of the big myths is that the procedure is painful. Many people are scared to death of needles. If they knew that needles are scarcely the width of a hair, they might relax about it. One hypodermic needle could hold forty of them! When in, the patient hardly feels a thing—maybe a minor “sensation.” In fact, most feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

The next myth is understandable. Give the archaic nature of the procedure, people assume that only an expert of Eastern origin can learn how to do it. They fear that modern technicians are not properly trained. In fact, acupuncture requires considerable training and state certification with a proven knowledge of anatomy and physiology. You can get a master’s or doctorate now in Chinese medicine.

Good acupuncture schools abound even in the U.S. and over 30,000 licensed practitioners are plying the trade. The new wellness mindset in our society demands more experts. Ask for credentials if you are concerned or read reviews.


Give it a Go


Whatever happens during your first session, you must give it a reasonable try at least a few times. Your personal goal may dictate multiple treatments. Every ailment has a root cause that must be addressed properly to restore normal bodily functioning and balance. Extreme conditions will take more time for optimal results, but every session should be pleasant. You should look forward to your therapy time.

Who needs acupuncture? Those with crazy, busy lives who feel a need to destress and unwind. Those with chronic pains or a physical illness that has not responded to traditional medication. Many disorders can be addressed with this wonder treatment. In short, it is recommended for mental problems, digestive issues, head and neck injuries, muscle aches, insomnia, and even aging skin.

Each condition can respond positively to acupuncture, and your doctor may welcome an adjunct treatment to his or her current protocol. Psychiatrists know that it can restore the psyche after a trauma. Individual results may vary as they say for anything and everything related to health, but the proof is in the pudding. Patients are raving about the relief they feel for anything from anxiety to PMS.

A big plus for acupuncture is that it is natural and not pharmaceutical in orientation. Fans of the procedure advise you not to wait to get help, when it is waiting practically around every corner. Even a modest improvement in symptoms at first will convince every sceptic.

Remember that acupuncture is a long-range process in many cases. Just the thought of it makes my neck muscles let go and relax. I know that it works with the fascial network to release the body’s natural opiates. I used it to cure my insomnia some time ago, and I turn back to it when a lack of sleep rears its ugly head. It is like a deep massage that sets you off into slumberland with ease. Aah!

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