Acupuncture is a holistic health technique that stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Trained practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting thin needles into the skin.
Today acupuncture is one of the most popular practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the West. TCM first originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago. It has been evolving ever since.
To treat a wide variety of diseases, pain and stress-related symptoms, practitioners of TCM use:
The use of acupuncture and other TCM techniques has risen steadily in the U.S and other Western countries over the past several decades. According to a large survey done on complementary health approaches by the National Institute of Health in 2007, in the U.S. alone at least 3.1 million people had tried acupuncture in 2007. The survey showed that the number of visits to acupuncturists tripled between 1997 and 2007.
Surprisingly, although needles are used in acupuncture, treatments are relatively pain-free. Surprisingly, one of the most popular uses of acupuncture is to reduce chronic pain throughout the body, without the need for medications that can cause unwanted side effects.
Most of the studies investigating acupuncture to date have examined whether acupuncture can safely reduce pain. However, it’s expected that in the next several years, researchers will continue to study whether or not it might help with other conditions, too, including anxiety, depression, inflammation, hot flashes, side effects of chemotherapy and insomnia.