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By By Acupuncture Acupuncture Abstract What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is a component of the health care system of China that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture may, it has been theorized, correct imbalances of flow at identifiable points close to the skin. Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances your ‘Chi’ (energy). Acupuncture is a way to unblock or influence chi and help it flow back into balance. Acupuncture is a family of procedures involving…show more content…
Some acupuncture patients report feeling relief from pain after just one treatment. Others notice results after a series of treatments. Another positive aspect of acupuncture is that it generally causes few or no side effects either during or after treatment. Despite the fact that treatment sessions involve piercing the skin with needles, the needles used are extremely thin, and thus their insertion does not cause pain in most patients. It is also rare for patients to experience effects such as bruising or soreness following a treatment. Many find that the price of treatments is a major disadvantage to using acupuncture for pain management. Often, multiple treatments are needed before one’s pain begins to diminish. As it is generally considered a form of alternative or complementary medicine, acupuncture may not be covered by one’s health insurance, and thus can be costly. Further, acupuncture is not guaranteed to reduce pain, and a significant number of patients find that it has no noticeable effect. In fact, medical researchers are still uncertain as to why acupuncture lessens pain in some individuals. Based on comparative studies of groups receiving acupuncture and those receiving a mock treatment, it seems that the technique’s success or failure may be partly due to psychological factors. Finally, using acupuncture for pain management can lead

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