Acupuncture, a form of Traditional Chinese medicine, involves the balance qi (pronounced “chee”), which is regarded as a life force or energy that flows through meridians (or pathways) across the body. The Ancient Chinese believed that when the qi becomes unbalanced, the body can suffer a number of ailments. By strategically inserting hair-thin needles into key locations across the meridians, the balance of qi can be restored. According to Western medicine, acupuncture stimulates the nerves, connective tissues, and muscles, which is believed to stimulate the natural painkillers the body produces.
Whether Eastern or Western philosophies are correct, there’s one thing that medical experts agree on: acupuncture is an effective way to treat pain. Countless studies have proven that acupuncture does, in fact, alleviate pain. What kind of pain? Essentially, any kind, but some of the most common types of physical discomfort that acupuncture is used to treat include:
- Cancer-related pain, including discomfort caused by cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy.
- Migraines and tension headaches
- Oral pain
- Chronic lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Arthritis pain
- Labor and menstruation pain
Essentially, acupuncture can be used to treat virtually any type of pain. If you are experiencing discomfort of any type, acupuncture may be able to provide you with the relief you are seeking – naturally.