For more than 3,000 years, acupuncture has been used to heal ailments within the body. It is not considered to be a traditional western medicine approach. It is far more customary in eastern medicine. That has not stopped it from becoming very popular in the United States as of late. Acupuncture has been used to treat conditions like anxiety, depression, common cold, acute bronchitis, headaches and a plethora of diseases. In recent years, insurance companies have become more willing to cover it just as they would cover a visit to a traditional doctor. Before you book your first appointment with an acupuncturist, research as much as you can and ensure that you are connecting with an acupuncturist that is right for you.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional chinese medicine that is used to balance the “qi” or energy within your body. This is accomplished by inserting this needles into one or more of the 12 meridians that the body uses to carry energy. Most of these points are near places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated. Most acupuncture patients use this form of therapy in conjunction with another, which has been shown to an effective method. The benefits of using acupuncture include; few side effects, no medicine needed, can decrease pain associated with disease in the body, etc. It also does not interfere with any medical treatments that you are currently receiving. Before you begin your journey into acupuncture, it is imperative that you work with a practitioner that is a good fit for the condition that you have and/or symptoms that you’re experiencing.
How to Find The Acupuncturist
Finding the right acupuncturist may take a few tries. Just because a practitioner is qualified does not mean that they are the best person for you to work with. After you complete your Google or Yelp search in your area, it’s time to vet your top choices. An example of a search can include something like “acupuncture Miami.” That search will work for those fortunate enough to live in South Florida, for others, just insert your home city. Vetting your potential acupuncturist should include asking them about their insurance, checking the office for cleanliness, carefully reading the reviews and ensuring that they specialize in the type of treatment that your specific ailment calls for. If you are unsure, call their office and have a discussion about the options that they have available. One of the most important aspect of this relationship is mutual communication between the practitioner and the patient.
How Long Until It Works?
Acupuncture is not designed to be a one time fix. Though it is likely and certainly possible that it will alleviate pain and discomfort in one session, in many cases that relief will only be short term. The typical treatment program can take weeks or months. However, each individual session should only take between 60 and 90 minutes per session. You can expect to visit an Acupuncturist once or twice a week during your treatment period. Acupuncture is popular with patients that allergic to certain medications or need additional treatment to help alleviate discomfort. If you are interested in giving acupuncture a try, there is little risk involved and a potentially high upside.