Acupuncture is one of the oldest alternative healing arts practiced today. The ancient art of acupuncture dates back to China, some 2,500-years ago, and is now widely practiced in the U.S. today as a viable alternative to traditional medicine. Acupuncture presents a viable alternative to traditional pain medications that may have harmful or annoying side effects. And that’s why so many people in Miami are trying acupuncture therapy today.
What is Acupuncture?
According to Chinese medicine, the practice of acupuncture therapy corrects the imbalances of energy in the body to promote healing. Traditional acupuncture, when performed by a professionally licensed acupuncturist, is quickly becoming a popular alternative therapy to relieve pain. Acupuncture therapy begins with the insertion of very fine needles at different points on the body called meridians to relieve pain and balance energy that runs through the body. This energy is called Chi. When meridians or pathways become blocked; it often results in illness or pain.
Acupuncture unblocks these pathways and restores the balance and flow of Chi, which helps the body to heal. Although patients sometimes feel immediate results, a few sessions of acupuncture may be needed to achieve the result you want.
What Conditions Can Acupuncture Help With?
The Mayo Clinic reports that many Western practitioners view acupuncture as a way to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue to boost our body’s natural immune system. It can help with back and neck problems, arm or leg pain. It may also be useful for headaches, menstrual cramps, muscle spasms, arthritis, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, labor pain, weight loss, and drug and alcohol addiction. At Miami Beach Comprehensive Wellness Center, we often use acupuncture in combination with moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, gemstone, and Chinese herbal medicine to yield the best results for optimal pain relief and total wellbeing.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Because of the small gauge of needles used, acupuncture is relatively pain-free. It’s is a very safe treatment when performed by a licensed and certified acupuncturist. To achieve optimal results to alleviate pain or illness, the needles need to stay in place for anywhere from five to 30 minutes.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is considered a very safe practice. The needles used are steel and contained in sterile packages, which in accordance with CDC safety and biohazard guidelines are disposed of after each use.
What are Some Other Benefits to Acupuncture?
- It can be a very effective alternative treatment if the prescription medication does not work for you.
- It can be combined effectively with other alternative health treatments.
- There are very few side effects.
How Many Acupuncture Treatments Will You Need?
The number of acupuncture treatments you’ll need will depend on your individual needs. If you have a chronic condition, you may need one to two treatments per week over several months. Chronic problems usually resolve within 8 to 12 acupuncture sessions, but it’s best to speak with your acupuncturist to determine what course of treatment is right for you.
Are You Ready to Learn More?
At Miami Beach Comprehensive Wellness Center, we take a holistic approach to healing that works with the mind, body, and lifestyle. We use only the safest, most proven techniques for relieving your pain. Our medical doctors are well qualified and have trained in multiple methods of acupuncture techniques.
If you are interested in learning about alternative medicine practices such as PRP hair therapy, Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, cupping, and more, make an appointment to see Dr. Emily Rowe and Dr. Christopher Estes.
Miami Beach Comprehensive Wellness Center offers therapeutic wellness approaches to treat hair loss, injuries, or chronic pain. Please call us at (305) 397-8229 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rowe or Dr. Estes.