Acupuncture is a form of natural healing and alternative medicine wherein metal needles are inserted and manipulated in specific points in one’s body. It originated in China around the 2nd century BC during the Han Dynasty, though bone needles were first used for the method. Acupuncture is widely believed to cure a variety of ailments and can be used for therapeutic purposes.
In traditional Chinese medicine, it is widely believed that ailments are a result of an imbalance of yin and yang caused by a blockage of energy or ‘qi’. Qi flows through 350 different points found in the human body. If needles are inserted and manipulated at specific points in the body, the flow of energy is stimulated, restoring balance and curing ailments.
The benefits of acupuncture are numerous. Even medical doctors use these in conjunction with traditional treatments. For one, it’s highly effective for treating pain and nausea after surgery. In addition, it’s effective for people with chronic low levels of energy and high levels of stress. By inserting needles at specific points, energy pathways become unblocked, giving them a renewed feeling of vigor and reduced stress.
Since acupuncture needles are inserted into different channels, it increases blood flow and strengthens the immune system, thus keeping ailments at bay. Another benefit of this natural healing technique is that its effects are longer lasting for treating insomnia and migraines, compared to conventional medicine. Treating these conditions with traditional medicine takes long periods of time, causing certain side effects. Since it’s natural, acupuncture gets to the root of the problem with no side effects.
Acupuncture is also highly effective in treating arthritis, lower back pain, and other aches. This natural healing method eliminates the cause of the problem, rather than just treating its symptoms. Studies also show that acupuncture is effective against depression, anxiety, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, and treating addiction. Indeed, acupuncture can be a alternative healing method.