Acupuncture is a therapeutic method that emerged approximately 5,000 years ago in the East. It consists of inserting needles through the skin and in specific places on the body, aiming to improve symptoms and a variety of lesions.
Anyone, regardless of age, can be treated with acupuncture, except in cases where there are generalised infections. The duration of treatment varies according to the patient’s clinical status and disease severity; however, it is possible to notice improvements in the first sessions.
Although many people seek this technique because they have not had satisfactory results with conventional medicine, it should not be seen as just a last resort. Its benefits are already more than proven, so much so that, today, most of the patients who come to me do so due to the fact that I am a specialist in Acupuncture.
If you are still in doubt about trying this therapeutic modality, I selected some reasons and data that prove that this technique is efficient for different types of treatment. First, however, I will explain how it is performed. Check it out!
How is acupuncture performed:
Through the insertion of needles at specific points on the skin, acupuncture, in accordance with Chinese medicine’s precepts and more modern concepts, activates nerve and glandular centres, restoring the flow of energy and blood in the human body, as well as modulating and balancing the whole organism.
When the needle is inserted, patients often feel a sensation similar to light pressure, such as heaviness, superficial pain, or, rarely, small shocks, which may radiate along the limbs.
These symptoms only appear while the treatment is being carried out and are indications that the technique is having an effect.
Check out the main actions of acupuncture in the table below:
10 reasons why you should adhere to acupuncture:
As it has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant effects, in addition to directly influencing the immune system, acupuncture is capable of treating many diseases.
Research reveals that about 70% of patients affected by fibromyalgia, that is, generalised chronic pain, improve significantly with acupuncture.
Due to its analgesic effect, it is very useful in emergency cases, especially when there is muscle-tendon pain.
If taken over the course of treatments for depression, acupuncture helps to minimise the side effects of medications, such as reduced concentration, reasoning and sexual desire, and weight gain. In some cases, it allows for a decrease in drug consumption.
It is an ally for people who are undergoing a dietary re-education, as it reduces anxiety, the feeling of hunger and, consequently, controls binge eating.
Improves mood, reducing irritability.
Minimises symptoms caused by obesity, such as pain in the spine, knees and feet, thus motivating the practice of physical exercise.
In cases where acupuncture is not able to cure the disease, it continues to be useful, as it can help reduce discomfort. This occurs when the patient suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and bacterial infections, for example.
Acupuncture works without causing side effects or chemical dependency.
For acupuncture to be effective, it must be performed by a specialist, as the technique requires medical knowledge about antisepsis, human anatomy and physiology. Otherwise, in addition to not offering satisfactory results, accidents and complications may occur.
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