Is Acupuncture For You?
Understanding the Benefits and the Risks
Usually, science driven societies are optimistic about the ideas linked to
acupuncture and their effectiveness. Even though this ancient practice
has become more known in the past ten years, it is still a procedure that
is not completely understood. By understanding how the process is done,
the possible side effects and the outcome, you can determine if this
ancient Chinese medicine practice is right for you.
The experience of getting acupuncture done, despite what many think, is
not as painful as it looks. Acupuncture is generally painless when you are
going through the process. Usually, the effects will be no more noticeable
than a mosquito bite, but this is even considered rare. Most likely, going
through the process of acupuncture will either give you more energy or
cause you to relax into a state of meditation.
During the procedure, you can expect the acupuncturist to be prepared
with several practical things. The needles that are used will generally be
of an inch to several inches long. The needles are made out of sterilized
silver, stainless steel or copper and are considered safe by the same
standards used in any hospital.
In order to ensure that the needles are safe, there are several places that
will regulate what is being used. The National Commission for the
Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has a specific
department that ensures that all needles that are used are sterile and
safe. If you want to be certain, you can make sure that the acupuncturist
you go to have a CNT, also known as a Clean Needle Technique
Certification. This will ensure that there are no problems with the
procedure in terms of other health issues.
Of course, there are still other risks that may occur. By standards of
other procedures, acupuncture is not as risky. The most serious problem
may be a punctured organ. However, these are uncommon with most
practices. This is the only major problem that one may run into. Beyond
this, the only possibilities for problems may be things such as dizziness,
nausea or bruising.
If you are considering acupuncture as an option for any possible reason,
you will also want to make sure you know exactly what you are getting
into. Overall, acupuncture is considered to be a safe process, as well as
helpful in relieving any kind of imbalance or misguided energy. Before
walking into this ancient Chinese medicine practice, you will want to make
sure that you know the procedure and the possible outcomes.
The Key Points of Acupuncture:
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine that is used to help restore
health. By focusing on specific points in the body, acupuncturists are able
to find the way in which the body’s energy is flowing and find new ways to
make sure that everything flows properly. This helps one to remain
balanced and holistically healthy.
Most of us know that acupuncture will find specific points in the body and
place needles in that area in order to restore or unblock energy in the
body. Understanding the different points that an acupuncturist looks for
will help one to understand why the different points of the body and how
these link together in this form of Chinese medicine.
The first sets of points that are used in acupuncture are transporting
points. There are five known transporting points that are focused on
throughout the body. These will mostly be found in the legs and arms.
Each of these transporting points is named after characteristics of water,
and all hold the same characteristics that a water form would. For
example, the sea is where the points connect energy with the body to the
organs because it is a set of deeper points in the body.
From here, the points will be determined by the five elements of the
earth. These are usually found at finger and toe tips in the body. For an
acupuncturist, it is important that the five elements are represented and
flowing with the right Qi in all of the points that they should be found.
Yuan-source points are also important to examine. These are the points
that will link all of the organs together. Each point represents one organ.
If you have ever seen acupuncture at work, you know that the needles will
all be placed into a person’s body at different lengths. This also links
directly to the points that are being examined in the body. The shallowest
set of points is known as the Xi-Accumulating Cleft Points. These are
wider and shallower spots that make it easy for Qi to become blocked.
The upper third of the body has a special set of points that will be used.
These are known as the window to sky points and are directly linked to
one’s spirit and relationship from heaven to earth.
Mu-Front-Alarm Points are also examined. These are in the front of the
body and are also associated with organs. Only the organs that have
been diagnosed as blocked will have needles placed to help their flow. Of
course, everything that is done to the front also has to be done to the
back. Shu-Back Points are the points that correspond with the front
diagnosis, only on the other side of the body.
Knowing the different points as an acupuncturist is one of the most
important parts of understanding how to heal. By beginning this process
and finding the points that need different types of Qi unblocked, one will
begin to feel the difference and begin to heal.