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Have you been to an acupuncture clinic?

For some people when they think about acupuncture, the image that comes to mind is of that creepy movie from the 80's where the guy is really pale and has acupuncture needles all over his face and head. That image doesn't exactly conjure up feelings of healing and positive energy flowing. Fortunately, acupuncture has been around long enough to ensure that that creepy image will soon be forgotten.

Acupuncture has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It has been used for centuries to treat a variety of different ailments, such as insomnia, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, fertility problems, and chronic pain. In order to understand how acupuncture could be used to treat such a variety of ailments, first you must understand what acupuncture really is. According to the Avicenna Acupuncture Clinic website,

"Acupuncture is a treatment method based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The practitioner inserts very thin needles in specific points (Acu-points) along energy pathways (meridians). The stimulation of those points helps to adjust and balance the flow of energy and restore health. According to the National Institute of Health, over one million people in the US receive acupuncture annually. There is evidence that the stimulation of acupuncture points can affect internal organs by means of nerve reflex pathways (the autonomic nervous system). Acupuncture increases the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. It stimulates the pituitary gland, which in turn activates the adrenal gland to release anti-inflammatory chemicals. It is a fact that acupuncture has helped millions of people to eliminate or decrease pain, improve their immune system and achieve better overall health worldwide."

Now that you have a better understanding of what acupuncture is, you probably still have some questions. Here is a list of some frequently asked questions that people have before they visit an acupuncture clinic:

  1. Does acupuncture hurt? Acupuncture needles are ultra thin and flexible, thereby permitting a nearly painless insertion. The sensation could be compared to a mosquito bite. You may feel some heaviness, distention and/or tingling either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian. Most people feel relaxed during and after the treatment.
  2. Is acupuncture safe? If provided by a trained professional, acupuncture is considered very safe. Every licensed acupuncturist has completed a “clean needle technique” class and exam.
  3. What conditions can be treated with acupuncture? Acupuncture has been proven to help treat a variety of different ailments, including, but not limited to: pain associated with childbirth, gout, surgery, chronic pain of the back, neck, and face, a variety of different infections, insomnia, neurological disorders, respiratory disorders, digestive disorders, blood disorders, cardiovascular disorders, mental disturbances, fertility complications, disorders of the sense organs, skin diseases, cancers, fibromyalgia treatment, lymphedema treatment, and much more.

If you are someone you know suffers from one of the above listed ailments, you may benefit from acupuncture. If you are in the Denver area and are looking for an acupuncture clinic that specializes in fibromyalgia treatment, or lymphedema treatment, visit Avicenna Acupuncture Clinic today.