One of the medical practices traditionally used in China for several centuries is Acupuncture. It is used on the part of your body where the flow of life energy or ‘qi’ is disturbed or blocked to cause health problems due to any reason. Hair-like thin needles are used by acupuncturists to insert at particular points on your body to balance the energy of your body as well as restore the flow of life energy or ‘qi’ in it. It also helps in promoting relaxation and stimulating healing. According to experts, there are more than 1,000 points on the hidden channels linked with systems of different organs of your body where acupuncture can be done.
Working of acupuncture
Though no clinical evidence is available, about the working of acupuncture but several theories are attached to its effectiveness. According to one of these theories, acupuncture stimulates the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals found in the human body, known as endorphins. Another theory is of the view that it influences the nervous system automatically which controls various functions of the human body. It also releases certain chemicals to regulate the blood pressure and flow, calm the brain and reduce inflammation.
Application of Acupuncture
Acupuncture can be used to treat various health problems like arthritis, anxiety, depression, chronic pain in back, neck or head, migraines, insomnia, sciatica, nausea, anxiety and stress, sinus congestion, overweight, and tinnitus, etc.
In some cases acupuncture can also be used for improving fertility, treating addictions and quitting smoking, etc. It can also be used for cosmetic reasons as facial acupuncture to improve the looks of the skin.
Side Effects of Acupuncture
Any treatment that offers several benefits also has some drawbacks also and acupuncture is not an exception. Several side effects are linked with acupuncture, like the risk of bleeding and pain due to the insertion of needles into the body. Allergic reactions, skin rashes, bleeding, bruising, pain, dizziness, nausea, infections, and fainting are some of the other side effects of this traditional Chinese treatment method.
You can reduce the risk of serious side effects of acupuncture in Oklahoma City by hiring a properly trained and licensed acupuncturist for this purpose. He will use sterile disposable needles to reduce the chances of any allied health problems. Some of the serious health problems caused by improper acupuncture may include injury or infection in blood vessels and nerves, punctured organs, complications caused by remnants of broken needles, injury in the spinal cord or central nervous system, injuries in tissues and hemorrhage, etc. Some of these problems can result in collapsed lungs and even death.
According to various studies, the chances of serious side effects of acupuncture increase if the needle is left in the skin even after completing the treatment. So people with various health conditions should consult their doctor before starting the treatment of acupuncture. If you are taking blood-thinning medicines then it can cause a bleeding disorder.
You can try acupuncture to treat your pain and other health problems if you are not able to manage them by using conventional methods. But before taking this treatment you should consult your chiropractor in Oklahoma City.
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