If you're exploring the different methods of alternative health than it's likely you've come across the procedure of acupuncture. This technique of Chinese medicine has been in practice for more than 5000 years and attempts to channel a vital energy called "qi." There are more than 1000 acupuncture points in the body and in 1997 the National Institute of Health endorsed this as an approved method for tennis elbow, post-operative pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. But these are only a few of the conditions that can be helped by acupuncture. If you're suffering from aching hands from working at a desk in or have post-operative pain from your recent dental appointment, then here is some information that could help you choose if this is the right method for you.

There are many theories about why this procedure is effective for people suffering from so many different things. Some believe that it works with the electrical systems in the body while others are under the impression that it stimulates circulation. Still more believe that it has something to do with the release of pain-relieving endorphins or that it transmits nerve impulses to the brain. Either way, if you are finding that you can't work with your hands because of arthritis or are experiencing frequent migraines, acupuncture could be the perfect solution.

There are more than a dozen conditions that are currently using acupuncture as a treatment. These range from helping those who suffer from addiction to aiding people who are having some trouble conceiving. If you're a busy individual and don't have a lot of time for treatment appointments than you will be happy to hear that the average appointment is only around thirty minutes in length and generally uses between six and twelve needles. Then you are able to go back to your day.

Before your first acupuncture appointment clients will undergo a session where the acupuncturist will look at their medical history as well as do some short tests. This is not painful and will help them create the right plan for your unique body. This is a procedure that is being embraced by many different people today. From sufferers of sinusitis to asthma, it has proven to be effective millions of times over.

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