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What is Acupuncture and what are its Healing Benefits?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique that uses the insertion of tiny needles to promote natural healing. Acupuncture belongs to TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practised since 2,500 years, making this natural health therapy one of the oldest healing methods.

Acupuncture is a holistic form of treatment that prevents illness as well as provides pain relief. No drug or medication is injected into the body; the needles alone stimulate internal healing.

Acupuncture works on the principle of internal energy flow. Practitioners of acupuncture believe that when life-force or Qi is blocked, the imbalance manifests itself as mental or physical sickness. The flow of life-force may be disrupted due to various reasons including poor diet, stress, overwork, hectic lifestyles or addictions.

Blocked energy meridians typically result in either inadequate energy flow or overabundant energy levels. Both conditions lead to imbalance and eventually illness.

Acupuncture helps stimulate natural, healthy energy flow which in turn promotes self-healing.

The needles are inserted at specific points in order to unblock disrupted energy flows in the body. The process is painless and you may experience a slight tingling at most. The needles are fine and sterile and measure roughly 13 to 70 mm in length. The needles are not like typical hypodermic points and are inserted painlessly at various depths.

It’s common to feel a heavy, relaxing sensation when the needles are inserted; this indicates shifting energy flows in the body. The needles are inserted for about 20 to 30 minutes during a typical session and the patient may be asked to lie down face-up or face-down or sometimes on the side.

Sometimes, a small electric current may be used to boost healing.

What are the Benefits of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is associated with several healing benefits that include pain relief from sciatica, reduction of stomach acidity, relief from chronic backache and soothes indigestion.

Moreover, acupuncture is known to be effective in counteracting the nausea and pain of chemotherapy and also reinforces the effect of medication. This implies that acupuncture therapy helps medicines work faster and promote faster recovery.

Acupuncture is also recommended for the treatment of digestive disorders such as diarrhoea, spastic colon and constipation. Other conditions that can be treated with acupuncture include bronchitis, asthma, arthritis and rib neuritis.

Summary
Acupuncture is a highly individualised natural health therapy and the number of sessions as well as intensity varies across patients.

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