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About Acupunture by Nicole Leon

256555_444599075571369_1428615629_oAcupuncture involves the use of hairline thin needles that are inserted into the skin at particular points on the body. Acupuncture has been a part of ancient eastern medicine for thousands of years and is commonly used to bring relief of symptoms from various disorders. Alternative medicine describes this procedure as a way to create balance in the body through the flow of energy in the body known as Chi (pronounced Chee) or Qi. Inserting needles into the energy pathways is believed the energy will become balanced. When the energy is unblocked, it helps the symptoms to disappear and inflammation to decrease. Sessions usually will last for approximately 15 minutes to about an hour. Western medicine views this technique as a way to stimulate the body’s connective tissue, muscles, and nerves. It allows this stimulation to boost the energy levels, blood flow, and the body’s own natural painkillers.

Acupuncture and chiropractic care are used to treat various medical conditions such as sciatica, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, low back pain, depression, tennis elbow, menstruation problems, headaches, dental pain, stroke, insomnia, and pinched nerves.

Some of the best benefits of patients receiving treatment include the help it offers to increase the effectiveness of prescription depression medications work. It reduces anxiety and allows the physician to reduce the dosage and in turn lower the medication’s side effects, which can include weight gain, nausea, and diarrhea, decreased sex drive, dry mouth, and increased urination. Acupuncture soothes indigestion and heartburn problems for pregnant women. Pregnant women were able to use fewer antacids and prescription medications after just a few sessions. Acupuncture therapy has shown to help with preventing migraines and tension headaches. Acupuncture is useful for those who do not want to take pain medications.


The risks are low and it is best to have a certified and competent acupuncture practitioner. Several of the possible side effects include soreness, minor bruising, or bleeding from where the needles were inserted. Injury of the organ is possible if the needles are pushed in too deep especially the lungs. Using an experienced certified acupuncturist will lower that risk to a rare occurrence. People with bleeding disorders may increase their chances of bruising or bleeding during the session. Also for people on blood thinners, such Warfarin may experience bleeding or bruising. Lastly, pregnant women may go into premature labor, as there are some types of acupuncture that may affect them. It is always important to consult with a physician to let them know this method is being considered.

Health Tips from Acupuncturists by Nicole Leon

922717_338907219545918_1286005277_nAcupuncture therapists serve many functions while guiding their patients to a successful recovery of health problems they battle through. Most people have the desire to heal from them without needing medication, but rather use an alternative technique. Acupuncture therapists not only use a hairline needle to relieve health problems but they use other various eastern techniques including cupping, prescribing herbs, and offer their patients medical advice to increase energy without medicine. Acupuncture specialists want their patients to follow their advice as it will affect their overall healing process.

1. A patient needs to breathe deeply into their stomach, as it will help to increase circulation of Qi within the body. The lungs have a powerful ability to bring peace to the patient. When he or she experience stress, a patient will automatically have shallow breathing, but that causes muscles to contract. Acupuncture should be combined with daily breathing practices. Doing a daily breathing exercise for a minimum of five minutes per day, or 10 breaths per hour, will help to change the previous patterns of the nervous system. It will be as if people have performed acupuncture on themselves when they do breathing exercises and many disorders could reverse and help them feel better.

2.  Exercising regularly by walking briskly in the park or dancing in their living room is another way to improve your overall physical symptoms. It has been shown that too much sitting can injure the spleen, which affects a person’s energy level, digestion, and weight gain. Exercising has numerous health benefits of helping a person to relax more, and reverse many health problems that arise from not exercising regularly.

3.  Stretching before going to bed and stretching before getting out of bed encourages movement throughout the whole body. It also loosens up the muscles that have not been used. Patients who followed this ritual reported they were able to sleep better, experienced less stiffness and pain in the morning. If they need help to become more flexible, an appointment with a chiropractic specialist and perform manipulation on your joints.

4.  Find a spiritual outlet to help you address any concerns in your life such as stress and grief. These strong emotions can cause imbalances in the body and create pain and other health problems.

5.  Go to bed by at least 11pm every night so that you will be sound asleep by at least 1am. In acupuncture, each organ system has a two-hour period that is assigned and liver cleansing begins between 1am and 3am. The liver cleansing normally happens when a person in deep REM sleep.

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