In the past few years, acupuncture has gone from being something that was thought to be alternative medicine to a common treatment in Western medicine. Acupuncture is a holistic approach to medicine that has been used in various parts of the world for thousands of years. It is a procedure where trained practitioners use tiny needles to stimulate different points on the body.
Acupuncture has been credited with treating a variety of diseases, sources of pain, as well as relieving stress. In 2007 alone, it was estimated that 3.1 million people took advantage of this treatment. Many were surprised by the positive results.
What makes some people shy away from acupuncture is the fear of discomfort. What they do not realize is that although thin needles are used during the procedure, the needles are so thin that the procedure is virtually discomfort-free. In fact, far from causing discomfort, the treatment has been shown to be a powerful way to reduce pain without the unwanted side effects that some medications bring.
Currently, people use acupuncture for things like:
• Muscle spasms
• Back pain
• Neck pain
• Digestive problems
• Sleep disorders
Some question whether or not acupuncture is safe. The National Institute of Health believes that it is considerably safe when it is performed by an individual who is well-trained and when they guarantee that they are using sterile needles.
Going to an untrained practitioner or going to a practitioner who is not as diligent about using sterile needles can pose a very serious health risk. It is good to know that in the United States, the FDA regulates these needles in the same way that they do any other medical device.
Many doctors will recommend acupuncture as a treatment to accompany some other form of pain management. It can go hand-in-hand with pain therapy, exercise and improving your diet, among other things.
Something that is really exciting about acupuncture is that researchers believe that it too may hold the key to helping some patients who are battling with Parkinson’s. These researchers have seen that the treatment can relieve cognitive decline related to age. This is because it is designed to stimulate specific neurological responses in certain parts of the brain. These parts of the brain are the ones that are usually affected by Parkinson’s disease.
In fact, a study was done on a handful of individuals who had Parkinson’s. Eighty-five percent of these individuals showed some improvement in their walking skills, pain, sleep, depression and anxiety. No one had negative effects from using acupuncture in this way.
When you make acupuncture a regular part of your health regimen, it is likely that you are going to see some benefits. During your initial consultation at Persona Medical Spa in Houston, our acupuncturist can talk to you about your health and your goals. We are proud to only use sterile, disposable needles with advanced techniques. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!