Acupuncture is taking Australia by storm. More and more people are getting curious about it as many now refer to it as a ‘miracle remedy for everything.’ But is it truly a miracle remedy for everything? Is it safe?
If you’re wondering what acupuncture is all about and you’re interested to check it out, then this post is for you. We’d tell you eight of the most important things that you need to know about it. Reading this will make you fully understand what the deal is with the craze over acupuncture.
#1: The real deal about acupuncture.
Acupuncture is one of the most popular holistic forms of treating ailments. It uses needles that are pressed into the skin. It’s been practiced for over 2,500 years and it originated from China.
Many, including celebrities like Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, swear by its positive effects and capacity for treating ailments from menstrual cramps to depression.
Acupuncture works by triggering points in the body that allow for healing. The needles only serve to stimulate the body’s nerves to do what it’s supposed to do. It is a non-invasive treatment that can effectively influence the body’s glands, tissues, and organs to function well.
Every needle insertion sends a message to the body that it needs to respond and react in such a way that activates the immune system and boosts healing. A needle insertion results in improved blood circulation, pain modulation, and speedy wound healing.
#2: The philosophy of acupuncture.
Acupuncture’s philosophy is centered in ‘qi’ or the body’s invisible life-giving energy. We all have qi in our bodies. Healthy people have free-flowing qi while people with discomforts have blocked qi. It is one’s qi that is triggered and regulated in every acupuncture session.
The human body heals better and faster when qi freely flows all over the body. Special needle points are considered for every distinct human ailment or discomfort. What acupuncturists simply do is unblock stuck energies in your body. You experience wellness and complete comfort once all your qi flows smoothly and freely.
#3: Ailments that acupuncture can remedy.
Studies have shown that acupuncture can provide remedies to the following:
- chronic headache
- chronic sinus pressure
- menstrual cramps
- morning sickness
- fertility issues
If you’re from Melbourne and you want to consult with an accredited and certified acupuncturist, you should check out Northcote’s leader in acupuncture, Melbourne Acupuncture Clinic.
#4: Acupuncture is safe.
Acupuncture is absolutely safe. It will not require you to undergo any surgical treatment or invasive procedure. You will simply need to dedicate time to visit your acupuncturist for a scheduled treatment.
A treatment session usually lasts for half an hour. You should expect your initial acupuncture consultation to last for an hour at least as it will involve a thorough assessment of the following:
- your current physical health
- general health
- medical history
All needles used for each acupuncture session are single-use, safe, and sterilized. All used needles are strictly disposed of.
#5: Acupuncture in everyday life.
Acupuncture can be incorporated into your daily life. You don’t need to wait for any discomfort or ailment before visiting an acupuncturist. You can go for a consultation or undergo a treatment session regularly just to ensure good health through the maintenance of proper qi flow in your body.
People swear by regular sessions that help them in keeping a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Acupuncture boosts the immune system so people who regularly undergo treatment are in top form and in good health.
#6: Looking for an acupuncturist.
Do the following when looking for an acupuncturist:
- Ask your friends and family for recommendations
- Ask them if they know someone who’s had a positive experience with acupuncture and ask if you can be connected to such a person
- Personally talk to such person and ask if he or she can give a referral or introduce you to the acupuncturists
- Ensure that the acupuncturist of your choice is licensed and certified.
#7: Costs per session.
A session with an acupuncturist would usually cost you around $75 – $100. An initial consultation will be more costly than subsequent acupuncture sessions. Acupuncture clinics also provide massage moxibustion services that can cost around $80. An acupuncture clinic will also give you access to herbal medicines that are completely organic and free from any harmful chemicals.
#8: Acupressure points.
Doing acupuncture on your own should never be an option if you live in a neighborhood with no acupuncture clinics. It is very dangerous as it can worsen your discomfort and ailments. Making matters worse is totally opposite to everything that acupuncture stands for. You should never insert needles into your skin on your own. You can however try pressing special points in your body that can effectively aid.
If you’re suffering from insomnia, you should rub the spot between your eyebrows in a clockwise and counterclockwise circling motion.
For back pain, you could put pressure on the space between your upper lip and the middle of your nose.
If you or someone you know is suffering from menstrual cramps, you can put pressure by massaging the inner ankle hollow lightly.
For headaches, comfort can be had by putting pressure on the muscle between your index finger and thumb.
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Guest Post by Maria Dalit. She works with Melbourne Acupuncture Clinic.