The uses of acupuncture St Helens are quite extensive. It is used for the treatment and prevention of illnesses and disease to being used as anesthesia for surgery and the relief of pain. The goal of acupuncture treatment is to mitigate distress and pain and to foster health. The procedure may look quaint and exotic for the uninitiated but it is a proven time tested therapy for millennia and its effects are no less as potent today as they were thousands of years ago.
Acupuncture is effectively applied for numerous body ailments such as sports and other physical injuries, migraine, headache and back, neck and shoulder among others. It is also quite potent for other conditions and ailments such as infertility, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual cramps, bladder disease, fatigue, digestive disorders, insomnia, arthritic pain and arthritis, stress, sinusitis anxiety and depression and so much more. This treatment is as close to a panacea as there is for any treatment modality around.
The acupuncturist’s point of view of health and sickness revolves around the concepts of energetic imbalance, energetic balance and vital energy, concepts ingrained in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) whose foundations lie in Taoism and naturalist philosophy. As Western medicine observes blood flow through the circulatory system and neural messages traveling through the nervous system, acupuncture assumes the distribution and flow of “vital energy” through pathway networks called meridians. TCM espouses prevention and maintenance to allow one to live a healthy and long life.
Acupuncture in the literal sense means needle piercing. It is about the insertion of ultra thin needles into specific sites in the body called acupuncture points or acupoints to treat a condition or disorder. Along with the practice of needle insertion, other practices such as electromagnetic impulse, suction, friction, pressure and heat are used to elicit therapeutic responses. Acupuncture is known to activate the immune system as well as influencing the functions of the circulatory, digestive and endocrine system to mention some. The release of hormones to enable healing and the alleviation of stress, anxiety and depression is particularly important since few treatment modalities have the capability of relieving extreme mental pressures. Acupuncture directly influences the body’s vital energy called chi as it enables chi to flow freely throughout the body thereby providing the whole body with needed energy to function efficiently.
Acupuncture treatment typically involves a series of treatment running for some weeks to several months. Upon consultation, an acupuncturist will perform a physical exam and assess the patient’s health status. After diagnosis, the treatment with needles will proceed followed by advice and recommendations on self-care. A session usually lasts for 30-40 minutes. The patient is required to either lie on its side or lie face up or down as stainless steel, sterile, single-use, disposable needles are used to prevent cross infection.