Acupuncture Davis is an ancient Chinese healing procedure characterized by the insertion of needles into certain areas of the skin at prescribed depths. The ancient Chinese believed that an individual’s life energy, which they call Qi or chi and blood travel through 14 pathways in the body called meridians. Acupuncture aims to locate and restore to health organs and parts of the body where chi imbalances exist. It achieves this by removing any blockage in the meridians caused by several factors such as stress or disease enabling chi to flow again unhindered. Practitioners of acupuncture in the West utilize this ancient therapy for healing numerous types of ailments and pain, which can be obesity, TMJ, sprains, headaches, GI problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis or anxiety among others. Furthermore, this therapy is beneficial in the management of pain for debilitating chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia.
The needles, which the acupuncturist manipulates into the skin causes stimulation of the brain releasing chemicals called endorphins, considered as the body’s natural painkillers, into the bloodstream. The endorphins cause the body to relax and feel comfortable. They take away the pain and allow the person to feel light and elated. Since the energy is now equitably redistributed throughout the body through acupuncture, the body also then is reinvigorated with energy causing the body to feel strong and lively once more. Another benefit of acupuncture given to the person is it can raise an individual’s threshold to pain by controlling and normalizing the secretion of neurotransmitters, which creates the sensation that the body feels.
Among the most popular types of acupuncture used today, Japanese and Chinese acupuncture are the two most commonly used types today. The Japanese style uses needles much thinner than those used by its Chinese counterpart and utilizes a gentler approach than the Chinese style. Both styles are effective and it is on one’s predilection for comfort and reaction to the therapy that determines the style to go for.
Growing in popularity because of its effectiveness in treating painful symptoms of chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia are the modern styles of acupuncture. One such approach is electroacupuncture, which some acupuncturists call Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or (PENS). This approach employs needles that are attached by wire to an electricity-producing gadget that supplies continuous pulses of very mild electricity to the needles. This approach is very effective for treating pain. Another type of modern acupuncture is laser acupuncture, which instead of supplying electricity to relieve pain uses laser energy to help treat conditions.
Regardless of what type of acupuncture one goes for, it is recommended to consult with a reputable and highly experienced and licensed practitioner. For those suffering from fibromyalgia, it is always best to consult with an acupuncturist having had numerous experiences in treating this disorder.