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“What is acupuncture? Isn’t that the needle thing?” While these questions are still all too common, the truth is that if they are willing to give it an honest try, there are many people who can benefit from acupuncture treatments. This isn’t just a strange on the outskirts type of treatment: scientific studies have shown that acupuncture has a remarkable number of benefits that can help to treat an amazing variety of ailments.
There’s no question that acupuncture has been shown to be an amazing low impact treatment option for a variety of issues that many people suffer from. An old Chinese practice using needles and and special parts of the body to harness the chi or “qi” to help a person’s body heal itself. While people who don’t believe in the energy concepts behind much of Eastern medicine, there’s no denying the real life effectiveness that acupuncture treatment has in treating a wide variety of ailments.
The acupuncture needles are used to gently prick the skin just enough to be held in place as treatment is occurring. The needles are designed to be used in spots where the Chinese believe a body’s chi is most likely to be harnessed or accessed. This energy release is believed to have an incredible number of healing benefits that can help a remarkable variety of issues.
Not every experience with acupuncture is going to be the same. Some use a few needles, while other treatments might have several batches of needles. There are also off-versions that involve the burning of incense close by or even using needles that are designed with incense on the end so they are lit and give off a fragrance that at the very least many people find relaxing. That additional setting can help bring in calm and help patients de-stress.
The earliest known specific mentions of acupuncture as a medical treatment come out of China from around 100 BCE. While this is the first clear mention of acupuncture in the records as a medical treatment, there are signs of tools and various recovered needles and similar tools that go back thousands of years BCE and suggest that earlier forms of acupuncture existed well before these earliest written records.
Acupuncture quickly became a common treatment for a variety of ailments, and its effectiveness had a huge part to play in that. If acupuncture was helping with pain, chronic pain, and other ailments again and again, why wouldn’t patients keep coming back for more?
While the book titled “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine” is the first place where there is a clear discussion of acupuncture, it was actually revised and codified medical texts from China during the Ming dynasty over a millennium that would turn acupuncture into a more streamlined and precise practice that modern acupuncture practices are all based off of today.
When asking what is acupuncture, it’s important to understand that this treatment focuses on overall spiritual health of the body and thus can help treat a variety of ailments.
Just a few of the different issues treated at our Providence location include:
- Stress and anxiety
- Pain (including chronic pain)
- High blood pressure
- Skin issues
- Muscle spasms and more!
Acupuncture is used to treat dozens upon dozens of different issues, so don’t assume that small list covers it all. One of the great truths of Eastern medicine is that treating the energy and the spirit and setting that right will help take care of the physical ailments that are often simply a negative side effect of energy issues.