The idea of being needled is quite scary. Isn't it! But what if we say that these needles can make you a healthier person altogether? Interesting! Right?
Acupuncture is a Chinese healing art that involves inserting hair-thin needles into several points in the body with the right combinations to bring the energy flow back into proper balance. The therapy has been there for more than 5000 years and has helped millions to ease their health issues. This ancient technique is entirely in the news these days, not because the celebs use it, but because the power of acupuncture can really help people in healing their mind and body.
Acupuncture points are the spots where muscles, nerves, and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation augments blood flow and triggers the activity of the body's natural painkillers.
The WHO (World Health Organization) says acupuncture may help relieve the following health problems:
- Digestive problems like constipation and diarrhoea
- Relieves stress
- Chronic sinus and lung infections
- Allergic rhinitis
- Facial pain, dental pain, neck pain, back pain,
- Morning sickness
- Tennis elbow
- Urinary and menstrual problems
- High and low blood pressure
- Reducing the risk of stroke
- Inducing labour
- Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
- Gastric conditions, including peptic ulcer
- Pain from headaches and migraines
- Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
There are many ways in which acupuncture can help you live better. However, you need to be completely sure before trying this technique on yourself. Before trying acupuncture, try these four tips to get the most out of this ancient healing therapy:
Talk with your doctor first
Don't stop the ongoing treatments and medications when you start acupuncture. It is always a better option to consult your doctor and then get into the therapy.
Check your insurance
Acupuncture can be a bit expensive. Several health insurance plans cover it, while there are some that do not. Therefore, it is advisable to check whether the treatment is covered in your existing health insurance plan or not. If not, you can consider getting a health insurance plan that covers the same.
Find a certified practitioner
There are thousands of acupuncturists in India. You need to find the one that is the right one for you. First of all, find out whether your acupuncturist is a certified practitioner or not. To save a bit of money, don not compromise with the quality of treatment you are getting. An informed decision is better than a hasty one.
Know what to expect
Acupuncture is great, but it's not magical. You have to continue seeing your acupuncturist to get the results. It generally takes more than two sitting to see the results. The treatments and visits can continue for several months. Also, ensure that the needles used are sterile and pre-packaged as unsterile needles can cause infections and other problems.
Mentioned above are a few tips that you should keep in mind before taking the acupuncture sessions. So, when are you planning yours?