Any patient first researching acupuncture tends to wonder if the needles hurt, and how deep they penetrate into the skin. For some, the thought of needles is disturbing or frightening. Those with phobias can be sent into panic and anxiety just thinking about it. This can lead to a lot of misconceptions about acupuncture. Acupuncture needles are thinner than human hair, and do not hurt when inserted, because they are so thin. Instead, you may feel a slight pinch. The needle itself doesn’t even destroy the skin as it enters, but rather, separates the skin. Other therapies reap benefits just like acupuncture, such as intravenous ozone therapy, hydration therapy and herbal remedies. Milk thistle seed benefits mostly the liver. What is neurofeedback therapy? Along with acupuncture, it is a form of alternative therapy. Many alternative therapies help improve health, not just acupuncture.
Acupuncture: The Procedure
Each person is more or less sensitive to the needles, but one thing is for certain. There won’t be any sharp or sudden pain. In fact, when the needles are inserted, the body starts falling into a sleepy state. At this stage, patients generally fall asleep, or relax deeply. Areas of the body that contain more fat or muscle, require the needle go deeper into the tissue. Strategic points are used by the therapist, and ultimately, it ensures no pain. Where a patient feels pain, is most likely in the following days of the procedure, as an aching feeling that accompanies most tissue-related therapies. It usually only happens to first time users, and lasts only a few days. Only slight soreness occurs.
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Different Styles of Acupuncture
Acupuncture, while a Chinese traditional medicine, is practiced today all over the world. And each culture has left its imprint. Auricular acupuncture is a style of acupuncture, for example, that uses even smaller needles (short in length). The Japanese method of acupuncture uses needles that insert in a shallow manner. Needles are inserted at strategic points and angles as well. There are no side effects to acupuncture, other than temporary muscle ache or soreness for a few days following the first few visits. If any pain is felt, it’s likely the practitioner is not doing the job correctly. This is why it is important to find a doctor or therapist who is experienced, certified, and reputable. This will ensure the success of your treatment, as well as your comfort, and the recovery process.