Clinical research demonstrates that acupuncture:
- Stimulates bone regrowth.
- Stimulates the production of cortisol.
- Stimulates production of dynorphin, endorphin and enkephalin (pain modulators).
- Regulates blood pressure.
- Regulates serotonin (spinal cord pain modulator).
- Increases red and white blood cell count.
- Stimulates the clotting factor.
- Regulates the sympathetic nervous system.
- Regulates the peripheral blood flow.
- Enhances the immune response.
- Reduces the allergic response.
- Modulates the immune system.
Other beneficial side effects:
Patients reported that most of the time they:
- Feel better therefore miss fewer work days
- Get along better with others
- Have less pain
- Have more energy
- Are more focused therefore work more efficiently
Who has acupuncture?
- Acupuncture is a safe treatment for most people including young children and babies.
- Many people use it in preventative care.
- It can be used alongside medicine for both chronic and acute diseases.
Does it hurt?
- Acupuncture needles bear no resemblance to those used for injections or blood tests.
- When needles are inserted, the sensation is often described as a 'tingling' or a 'heaviness' called deqi which is a necessary part of the treatment.
- Acupuncture is not painless, but neither can it be described as painful.
- Very relaxing, patients are advised not to drive directly afterwards or do anything that can cause risk or injury.
Is it safe?
- All licensed acupuncturists observe a Code of Safe Practice that lays down stringent standards of hygiene and sterilisation for all equipment.
- These procedures provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases.
What happens at treatments?
- A full medical history is taken at the first session.
- You will be asked about your current symptoms, treatments you have received so far, your diet, the state of your body's systems, sleep patterns and emotional factors.
- The pulses and the tongue are also studied as this provides vital information about general health.
How many treatments are needed?
- In the theory underlying traditional acupuncture, each person is unique, so the number of treatments required varies.
- Some change is usually seen after 4-6 treatments.
- Depending on the complaint, treatment may be required regularly (perhaps once or twice a week), sometimes several times a week, every two weeks or monthly.
Should my doctor know?
- If you are receiving treatment from your doctor then it makes sense to inform him/her of your plans to have acupuncture.
- Acupuncture can enable you to reduce or even stop taking certain medication, but your doctor should be consulted regarding any changes to dosage or prescription.
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