from the examiner.com
by Katie Mattson
Acupuncture is a 4,000 year old system of treatment based in Chinese health care that uses sterile needles to activate energy channels in the body. Don’t discount it’s effects because it sounds a bit out there – or even because of your aversion to needles. This isn’t a form of medicine that was created overnight. It has evolved and matured over the years into what it is today – a highly effective form of treatment for anything from pain relief (such as migraines or arthritis) to chronic conditions such as allergies or digestive problems.
Acupuncture is a system of medicine based on balancing the energy in your body. We are all made up of energy and that energy flows through channels that connect your bones, organs, emotions, thoughts and function. When you have energy blocked in those channels, you experience pain or dysfunction. Acupuncture is really effective for people who have tried traditional medicine and aren’t getting the results they were looking for. In some cases, acupuncture can be more effective than traditional medicine.
When you’re looking for an acupuncturist, you’ll want to make sure that he/she has state licensure and national board certification. If you’re wondering whether you have a condition that acupuncture can treat, feel free to call and ask. When you receive treatment the needles won’t hurt, but you’ll feel a slight poking sensation. You might even feel a bit of an energy current extending from the needle’s source, but it isn’t a painful sensation. It’s important to let your acupuncturist know if you feel prolonged pain from a needle.