What Is Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture Treatment involves the insertion of thin needles at certain points in the patient's body. Many patients report that the process is slightly uncomfortable at the point in which the actual needles are being inserted but the overall treatment is relatively painless and the end results are often worth persevering with the minor discomfort.

The needles are usually left in place for anywhere from a couple of minutes to up to half an hour. The number of treatments that are required usually depends upon the general health of the patient and the type of problems that they have been experiencing. Treatment frequency is usually planned by the Acupuncturist and the number of Acupuncture treatments that are required varies from just one session to full course of therapy. Some ailments may be cured after just one session.

The following are just some of the ailments that Acupuncture has been used to treat:

Pain in the area of the knee - whether this is caused by trauma to the knee or is related to osteoarthritis.
Pain and/or swelling after having an operation.
Pain in the heel - the medical term for this is plantar fasciitis.
Anxiety attacks.
Sleeplessness (Insomnia).
Many forms of depression.
Lower back pain.
Neck pain.
Pain in the shoulders.
Chronic widespread pain in response to pressure (Fibromyalgia).

A healthy balanced lifestyle is always recommend as part of any type of treatment. This includes regular exercise, a healthy, balanced diet and a regular routine which involves going to bed at the same time each evening, waking up at the same time each morning and eating regular meals at the same time. The Acupuncturist might also recommend that certain type of herbal tea are drunk to accompany the therapy.

The points at which the needles are inserted are known as Acupoints. Anything from six to twelve needles are use depending on the ailment being treated, the type of Acupuncture being carried out and the general health of the patient.

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese treatment and focuses on the flow of Chi. It is interesting how different parts of the body can affect seemingly unrelated parts of the body. Modern acupuncture is a type of treatment that can provide a very positive means of promoting health and wellbeing. It considers pain and illness as signs that the body is not balanced correctly. The objective of  Acupuncture treatment is to restore the body to it's natural state of equilibrium.