During acupuncture Palm Harbor session, acupuncturists usually ask new clients to complete a personal health record prior to an interview. A session with the therapist then has the client answer questions that cover main health issues, diet, emotional and psychological profile, and overall lifestyle. The therapist should also be informed by the individual of any current medication and treatment being taken. During this interview, one can also expect the practitioner to evaluate pulse points and establish how healthy the individual’s twelve meridians are. A diagnosis is then given, followed by the insertion of 6 to 12 needles as treatment is commenced. Patients considering acupuncture must realize zana, Palm Harbor acupuncture that the exact placement on target points along the meridians is of high importance, the number of needles used is a secondary factor.
The treatment should be relatively painless and comfortable for the duration that could extend to an hour or more. An individual should immediately tell the acupuncturist to discontinue if he feels any numbness, discomfort or pain. Variations of the treatment may involve use of herbal medicine – capsules, tablets or tea made from Chinese herbs to complement the therapy. Some practitioners also integrate cupping – a suction effect created with the use of glass cups on the skin, in part to promote blood circulation and continuous qi flow.
A new and modern form of acupuncture, known as Needleless Acupuncture is emerging and gaining popularity. For those that cannot tolerate needles, this new form of acupuncture is a pleasant alternative. Based on Pulsed Magnetics, needleless acupuncture functions in exactly the same way as traditional acupuncture by targeting key points along the 12 meridian channels of the body. Pulsating magnetic fields induce an electrical current flow known as qi that can stimulate the various organs of the body.
A recent recall of pain medications has raised apprehension over the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to ensure safety for consumers. This concern, combined with statements from the NIH and other government and health organizations that side effects from acupuncture are significantly lower than other forms of treatment, has made more individuals turn to the treatment, particularly for pain relief. Several studies have also shown how acupuncture has helped patients with osteoarthritis, post-chemotherapy nausea and even depression. Despite all the apparent positive feedback, those considering acupuncture should still consult regular doctors and health-care professionals for advice on their conditions first. If they decide to pursue the treatment, they must make sure that the acupuncturist or practitioner they see is highly-qualified and certified by organizations such as the American Academy of Medical Acupuncturists.