Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese healing technique that has been practiced for centuries. It is performed by inserting fine needles at specific points in the body called acupoints. It is used to treat various illnesses of the mind and body. Acupuncture is actually getting worldwide attention because of its ability to heal a lot of ailments without drugs. You might have heard a lot about how this alternative treatment works but you might not be aware about a lot of things about it. Here are some facts about acupuncture you might find interesting:
1. War is the “mother of acupuncture,” according to legend.
Legend says that acupuncture was discovered during a war when Chinese fighters realized that when arrows hit some of them at certain points in the body, those who were suffering from chronic conditions were healed.
2. The body has more than 2,000 acupoints
Since that great day of discovery, the great Chinese medics devoted a great deal of time to focus on identifying more acupoints. This knowledge was passed on from one generation to the next and now, over 2,000 acupoints have been identified, 18 of which are classified as points for treatment. Studies show that acupoints are more conductive to electricity than other areas of the skin.
3. Acupuncture is more than 5,000 years old.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine and it has been in practice for more than 50 centuries.
4. Acupuncture needles are medical instruments.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration classify acupuncture needles as medical instruments that are intended for single use.
5. It doesn’t have side effects.
Acupuncture is effective and it doesn’t have side effects especially if it is performed by a trained practitioner. It is also painless it can even double as a natural anesthetic.
6. It doesn’t require rigorous tests.
Acupuncturists examine their patients by feeling each patient’s pulse and checking their tongue to get an idea of what’s happening inside the body.
7. This alternative therapy can effectively treat a host of illnesses.
Studies show that acupuncture can effective treat a host of ailments including lower back pain, headaches, nausea, migraines and vomiting. The World Health Organization also recognizes this healing technique as a remedy for other ailments such as cold, acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis, acute rhinitis, myopia, acute tonsillitis, cataract, acute and chronic gastritis, toothache, hyperacidity, gastric colitis, constipation, facial palsy sciatica, frozen shoulder and paralysis.
8. It helps to improve fertility.
The success rate if In Vitro Fertilization can increase by up to 65% with the aid of acupuncture.
9. It is becoming more popular in the west.
Millions of Americans use acupuncture to heal their illnesses and 40% of British general practitioners refer their patients to acupuncturists.
10. It has some weak points too.
Acupuncture is not applicable when accidents, epidemics, cardiac problems or infectious diseases happen.
11. Acupuncture is a serious profession.
Acupuncturists are required to undergo more than 1,000 hours of clinical internship to qualify for a license.
To an ordinary person, the ways acupuncture heals the body from illnesses is difficult to understand. But results prove that it is effective and safe. This is one of the many reasons why more and more people are convinced that this ancient needle therapy can work wonders.
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