Is Acupuncture Safe and Is It Right For Me?
Much like any other form of medical treatment, patients are advised to make sure if they are choosing a procedure that is right for their body. Before anything else, it is important to educate yourself of the advantages and disadvantages, as well as the possible health risks and side effects of your desired procedure.
If you are looking into traditional Chinese medicine(TCM), and are considering acupuncture as a form of treatment, it is also a good prerequisite to check with your healthcare provider if you are a good candidate for it. It is generally safe for everyone, because it is non-invasive and painless, but what types of patients will greatly benefit from this kind of treatment and could it have negative effects on the body?
To review, acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that is still applied in mainstream medicine today. The main goal of acupuncture is to stimulate the body’s major acupoints to properly regulate the distribution of Qi or vital energy in the body. These acupoints are said to be linked to the 12 major organs known as zang-fu organs in traditional Chinese medicine. The said Qi is known to be a very important substance that sustains and maintains the balance of life. An imbalance or unwanted accumulation of Qi in the body might lead to discomfort and pain and eventually illness.
Before undergoing any form of treatment, it is best to know exactly what you will be getting yourself into. Acupuncture will require the insertion of very fine, pre-sterilized needles, therefore if you have a very low tolerance for pain or are afraid of needles, then this will not be the right mode of treatment for you. There are still a lot of other available alternative forms of medicine that might be more suitable for you.
Who are the best candidates for acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been said to help correct or alleviate a number of health concerns such as infertility, obesity, headaches, muscle pain, and many more. It can range from the most common and simple to more severe ailments. It is also said to help alleviate the side effects chemotherapy such as nausea and vomiting.
Although many patients and practitioners attest to its efficacy, it still cannot be considered as a major form of treatment that will give positive results overnight. Remember that acupuncture also entails time and effort, and will give better results if you “recalibrate” regularly.
Many people have resorted to acupuncture to help in the improvement of their general health. Since the treatment helps in harmonizing the body, it is great for anyone looking to improve their well-being and energy levels.
It is also best for men and women who are having problems with fertility. For men, it may aid your body in increasing the production of sperm. Acupuncture can also help women regulate their menstruation and correct hormonal imbalances that cause PCOS and other menstrual problems.
This treatment is also advisable for people who are over-fatigued and who are constantly experiencing pain in different parts of the body.