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Acupuncture Benefits, Risks and Experiences

Acupuncture is a type of treatment that involves inserting macro thin needles into human skin at particular points on the body with varying depths.

Benefits

  • It is risk-free and performed with expert hands.
  • There are no significant side effects.
  • It can be used in conjunction with other ongoing treatments.
  • It may be beneficial to people who are allergic to pain drugs.

Risks

  • If a patient has a bleeding disorder or is using blood thinners, performing acupuncture is risky.
  • The insertion sections may cause bleeding, bruising, and pain.
  • Needles that have not been sterilized may infect the patient.
  • A thin needle is prone to breaking inside and may harm an internal organ.

Acupuncture side effects are rare. However, the acupuncturist should take sufficient precautions when treating a patient. 

Experience

It is believed that acupuncture for headaches can be completely cured with the expert advice of an acupuncturist. A few studies reveal that acupuncture has a deep connection with neuroscience. Acupuncture points are thought to be a stimulus for muscles, nerves, and connective tissues. The stimulation boosts blood flow and even allows the body’s natural response to pain killers.

As per Chinese conventions of medical treatments, good health is the outcome of a harmonious balance of the complementary opposites of life energy. These extremes are “qi,” pronounced “chi.” It is stated that an ailment is the result of a physical imbalance. Qi circulates through the human body’s meridians or passages. As many as 350 acupuncture sites on the body provide access to these meridians and energy pathways.

However, there is no scientific confirmation that the meridians or acupuncture points do exist. Therefore, it is difficult to establish whether the said treatment is successful or not.

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