Acupuncture has been used by many for several years. To know more about this practice, here are some things that you must know.
Acupuncture is a holistic healthcare approach that involves needles inserted on specific points in the body. Researches have been done and it was been proven to remedy throat, gastrointestinal, muscular, ear, nose, eye, nervous system disorders.
In acupuncture the needles used are very small and you will not feel a slight twitch once the needle goes in. these needles will be inserted carefully about ¼ or an inch depth and can stay there from forty five minutes to an hour depending on the patient’s condition.
Once inserted, you may feel some distention, tingling, cramping or electronic sensation which is a sign that the treatment is working. The needles are required to be disposable and is said to be clean and safe particularly in US. It prevents any possibility of contamination by a communicable disease such as HIV or hepatitis.
There are several types of acupuncture that have been developed since it was practiced 2000 years ago. Therefore, before deciding to engage for a session, you must choose what technique you should used so that you will be aware of what will happen during the session.
Knowing the person that will handle your session is also important. You can check where they had their training, how long have been they doing it and the most important is their experience on treating your condition. Their credentials is also important, their educational background is important and their board license. If in case you are living in a state that does not require a license, you can ask them for something that can attest that they can practice their profession such as document from the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists.
The length of the treatment depends on your condition. There are some conditions that can be treated easily as compared to other particularly if it deals something that needs to be treated in a longer time. For example, drug and alcohol users can stop their vices after three or four months while those who are suffering from illnesses like autism will take several years since there is no known cure for this condition.
Before the insertion of the needle you can undergo a physical examination and answer some questions. The procedure may involve some risks; even though the method is painless there are incidence that the needle might hit something vital inside. However, if the specialist is an expert, then there is nothing to worry about. If you see some blood on the spot where the needles come off you can talk to your acupuncturist so that he or she can explain it to you and can prescribe something.
The average session can be done twelve to fifteen times at least two to three times a week. The reason for this is that there are some patients that will experience sudden relief after the first session but others may experience nothing at all.