Acupuncture New York and moxibustion are components of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that have been practiced for thousands of years in parts of Asia particularly in China. They are now one of the more popular TCM treatments around the world. Acupuncture is the practice of inserting sterile hair thin needles into certain areas of the body called acupuncture points or meridian points along the energy vessels in the body called meridians to remove blockages of energy and restore the normal flow of energy throughout the body.
The basic belief of acupuncture is that there exists energy in the body that gives the body life and makes it grow, reproduce and be healthy. Any blockages to the energy flow can result in diseases, sickness and pain. Acupuncture is needed to rectify these problems and allow energy to flow freely once more.
Acupuncture needles are hollow and really thin and when they are inserted into the skin, only a slight tingling sensation can be felt. A typical session would last around 20 minutes to an hour. During this time the limbs of the patient becomes heavy and an overwhelming sense of relaxation is felt which often causes the patient to fall asleep. Many doctors are now also practicing acupuncturists. They know what sites to insert the needles to treat a specific health problem. Other acupuncture procedures also involve moxibustion, which is the burning of a mugwort herb on the skin or on the tip of an acupuncture needle to quicken the healing and make the treatment more potent. Other acupuncture methods include electro acupuncture and cupping.
Since acupuncture has many health benefits so too is it very good in treating a great deal of conditions. Acupuncture can be a means for preventing diseases and a way to maintain health. Acupuncture is a proven treatment for many types of illnesses and many years and scores of research have proven its efficacy and validity. Over the millennia, countless numbers of people have depended on this healing procedure and that is why it is as popular today as it was so many hundreds of years ago.
An acupuncturist should be extensively trained in the art of acupuncture and should acquire the skills and knowledge to help treat the medical conditions of his patient properly. To be on the safe side and to avoid any problems or complications in acupuncture, it is essential to avail of the services of a qualified and experienced acupuncturist. Nowadays since there are many who are poorly trained and unqualified who are posing as qualified acupuncturists. It is important to research on the practitioner you are considering ascertaining if he has the proper credentials to practice acupuncture.
The World Health Organization has officially sanctioned Acupuncture as a valid means of treating a wide variety of conditions.