Because of relative ignorance, a lot of people are not comfortable in trying out acupuncture. Furthermore, the use of needles has made this treatment less attractive to others since they associate the needles with pain and discomfort. Some more informed people are interested in trying out acupuncture because it is a natural and safe form of treatment that does not have any side effects. People suffering from longstanding health problems who haven’t tried out acupuncture may want to consult with a qualified and experienced acupuncturist to help them become more enlightened on what this wonderful ancient Chinese mode of treatment can do for them.
Even children as young as 4 years of age can avail of acupuncture to treat their illnesses. Acupuncture needles can be inserted into the face, scalp, hands and feet and if performed by an experienced and skilled qualified practitioner is a quite painless procedure. If any sensation is felt it can come as a type of tingling sensation or a nervy and dull ache that lasts for a second. Needles naturally evoke fear of pain. However the needles used for acupuncture are ultra fine non hollow needles quite different from those used in hospitals and medical establishments. Needles used by hospitals and clinics are hollow and utilized to draw out blood or to inject fluids into the body.
The effect of the acupuncture needles causes the body to produce and release natural chemical in the body that make the person feel relaxed and revitalized and to help remove body pain. In classical Chinese acupuncture, the needles used are thicker and longer and the treatment approach is more aggressive compared to the needles and procedures used by medical acupuncturists. The aim of the classical Chinese approach to acupuncture is to induce a stimulation quickly that will lead to faster results.
A person having longstanding chronic illnesses and/or pain will try many types of treatment to find a way to resolve his long term suffering or at least to relieve them for much longer periods. Acupuncture is a proven effective treatment especially for painful conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis that even Western doctors are studying this treatment and be able to practice it on their patients to complement the other conventional modalities they have prescribed to their patients. Since there are no known cures for both types of arthritis and medications used to alleviate these painful disorders are fraught with harmful toxins causing nasty side effects to the body, physicians who are at the same time medical acupuncturists perform medical acupuncture on these particular patients. The good news is that many of these patients have experienced very good results from acupuncture and are able to enjoy life a little bit more with lesser attacks of their arthritis pain.