Many people nowadays are familiar with the term ‘acupuncture and have general understanding of what it involves. Said to help relieve pain and treat other ailments, its popularity is indisputable, and having now been practiced around the word for thousands of years, there are clearly plenty of believers in its effectiveness. But does it really work? In this article we set out to understand acupuncture treatment and how effective it can be.
We started by speaking with a longstanding specialist of Japanese acupuncture, whose form is reputed to be more relaxing and Chinese acupuncture and more capable of producing strong changes within the body. When it comes to reliance upon natural therapies and especially acupuncture Brisbane residents and the Australian population in general will readily turn to this form of healthcare, both to promote wellness and cure their problems.
Whilst acupuncture itself remains controversial in conventional western medicine, it in-fact proves popular in procedures such as in-vitro fertilisation, where it is commonly used to help the body relax after complicated procedures which are particularly stressful to the female body. There are therefore conundrums as to how it works, and indeed whether it works at all at one end of the healthcare spectrum, yet a reliance upon it at the other end of the spectrum.
Acupuncture is believed to promote the flow of energy through pathways in the human body. The body has a hugely complex network of systems transmitting energy, electrical impulses, blood and oxygen. The theory is that these systems can become damaged through injury, accidents, trauma and surgery, therefore when our energy doesn’t flow as it should, parts of the body and organ function can become affected. This of course places a whole lot of pressure on our delicately balanced systems and, in these instances, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the energy flow and, in doing so, return the flow of energy in order to restore the correct balance.
So more specifically, when is acupuncture treatment best applied and for what purposes?
There are clear symptoms that it does make a difference to, and whist tests and clinical studies have concluded with mixed results, there is no doubt that acupuncture is genuinely effective for the treatment of headaches such as migraines and cranial tension. The Word Health Organisation have in-fact published a list detailing numerous conditions which they believe it proves effective against, which details blood pressure issues, gastric conditions, morning sickness during pregnancy, painful periods, arthritis, sprains and specific sports injuries such as tennis elbow.
Hand in hand with these potential benefits are the positives associated with acupuncture treatment, which is considered to be a largely safe practice, having very few if any side effects, and which can also be complementary to other healthcare treatments.
In summary, there isn’t really much to lose in trying acupuncture, because it’s safe, effective and drug free. It can be used to treat many injuries that are not considered emergencies, it is widely available, and it clearly is beneficial to many, many people.