Using needles to treat painful conditions seems rather quaint when one thinks about it but that is exactly how acupuncture works. With acupuncture, pain removal starts with the insertion of needles into the skin at specific areas of the body. Acupuncture to treat pain not only works; it works marvelously. Some surgeries where it is advantageous for the patient to remain conscious during the surgical process use acupuncture as a powerful analgesic to make the patient impervious to pain while remaining conscious. Even today, Western medical science is baffled as to how acupuncture for pain relief works.
Countless researches have verified the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment in treating, improving and/or controlling immune and endocrine function, stress and pain and swelling. Disorders such as tennis elbow, arthritis, menstrual discomfort and cramps, low back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome among others are ably treated with acupuncture. Acupuncture restores the energy balance of the body and jumpstarts the self-healing process of the body. It is a holistic type of treatment benefiting both the body and mind and a safe and natural approach to health without any side effects.
The greatest evidence of this treatment’s potency is its use by countless numbers of Chinese throughout millennia and today.
Some theories were developed to explain the workings of acupuncture for the treatment of pain. The most popular theory is the one where that the needles are thought to stimulate the release of natural painkillers and “feel good” chemicals such as endorphins to neutralize the pain as well as control the neurotransmitters that send out pain signals to the brain, which effectively block the sensations of the pain; exactly how an analgesic works.
Anyone suffering from arthritis has used painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs at one time or another and one has yet to find an arthritic who feels truly satisfied with the medications he/she uses for his/her arthritis. Dependence and abuse of these drugs is common adding other unwanted problems for the arthritic. This is not to even mention the harmful side effects of these drugs, which in the end will weaken the user’s liver and kidneys. Another aspect going against these drugs is that in the long-term, they cost a lot more than acupuncture treatment.
Since acupuncture improves blood circulation in the body, it boosts the body’s immune system and energy level as well. A stronger immune system prevents the recurrence of disease, illnesses and injuries.
A treatment session usually lasts 20 to 40 minutes and depending on the magnitude of the problem, the whole treatment course may last for a few days to several months.
For those not satisfied with the effectiveness of painkillers and non-inflammatory drugs and desire a safe and natural approach for their problem, acupuncture is the best alternative for their arthritis problem.