What Is Acupuncture?

For those of you that do not know much about acupuncture, in the simplest of words, it is a complementary medical practice that focuses on stimulating specific points of the body. Normally, it is done through the use of a needle. The needle penetrates into the skin to treat different health conditions and help alleviate pain. 

Acupuncture has its roots in China where it was originally developed millennia ago. There have been various studies conducted by American and European scientists on the effectiveness of acupuncture. They have found that acupuncture is in the very least moderately effective when it comes to treating nausea and pain. For instance, a popular study on acupuncture that involved chronic pain in 2012 found that acupuncture can effectively treat chronic pain. 

More studies are being conducted to determine if acupuncture can effectively treat anxiety, depression, and a variety of cancers. However, doctors that do not practice traditional Chinese medicine do not believe that acupuncture has the potential to treat specific diseases like kidney or liver diseases and diabetes. At present, acupuncture is normally used for alleviating cancer-induced symptoms and cancer treatment-induced side effects. But, it is not used for directly treating cancer. 

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture Diamond Creek is said to be used in 100 B.C. as a treatment in China. However, it is believed that it has been practiced even before that. Modern acupuncture practices have changed significantly since they were first introduced in the Middle Kingdom. By the 1700s, acupuncture was a lot different than it was described as in ancient texts. Moreover, by the 20th century, doctors in China no longer took an interest in acupuncture.  

It was only during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s when Mao Zedong started to promote acupuncture and other Chinese traditional medical practices. However, no evidence suggests that it helped improve the health of citizens. 

According to traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that acupuncture in Diamond Creek helps put an end to the disruptions to energy. This energy is released through acupuncture. The treatments carried out by Western hospitals are not based on such a theory. There are different hypotheses about acupuncture which suggest that it helps release dopamine and reduces pro-inflammatory markers. The idea behind it is that putting needles in the body helps stimulate the brain and leads to the secretion of nerve growth.   

Acupuncture is also used along with other fertility treatments. It is said to help increase the effectiveness of drugs to boost fertility. Research in Switzerland and Germany was conducted in 2017 to study the effects of acupuncture on allergic asthma patients and it found that acupuncture helped improve asthma symptoms. 

Misconceptions and Limitations

The practice of acupuncture is being increasingly accepted by medical institutions and doctors across the globe for treating nausea and pain. Cancer Research UK conducted a review which found that acupuncture could potentially help reduce nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients. However, acupuncture is still considered as a complementary treatment. Some of the research has had bias which limits its effectiveness.