Common Applications of Acupuncture


Acupuncture is an ancient medical technique which involves inserting needles in various pressure points throughout the body. This practice comes from China and has been used for over 2,000 years now.

Like any other procedure, be sure to let the doctor or practitioner outline the treatment, its benefits, disadvantages and of likelihood of success vis-à-vis your health condition or malady.

The practice was introduced in the United States in 1971. Americans enjoy a hybrid kind of acupuncture, with influences coming from Korea, Japan and China.

People who have gone through the procedure say that they feel little or no pain at all. Acupuncture practitioners say that pain will not be felt if the patient lay still and the needles are placed properly.

For safety reasons, make sure you go to a qualified acupuncture practitioners. In addition, find out if the clinic you go to use sterile, nontoxic needles which should be thrown away after every use. Disinfecting treatment sites should also be enforced.

Acupuncture is said to cure a wide-range of diseases like chemotherapy nausea, dental pain, cysts, asthma, and more. Some adhere to this type of procedure for relaxation. Below are the common applications of acupuncture:

  • Arthritis
  • Back problems
  • Bell’s palsy (face paralysis)
  • Boils
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Dental Surgery
  • Withdrawal from addictions such as drug and alcohol dependency
  • Eye, ear, nose, throat, respiratory, gastrointestinal and muscular disorders
  • Problems with the nervous system
  • Relief of nausea caused by morning sickness
  • Anesthesia
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Headache
  • Osteoporosis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Gastritis
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Hemorrhoids
  • High blood pressure
  • Impotence
  • Infertility
  • Obesity
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Sinusitis
  • Stomach ulcers

In addition to this, acupuncture may also be useful for the treatment of mental, psychological and other disorders such as the following:


  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Depression
  • Alcoholism
  • Addiction
  • Smoking
  • Eating disorders
  • Fears
  • Claustrophobia
  • Travel sickness
  • Tiredness

As acupuncture gains popularity, medical doctors such as neurologists, specialists in physical therapy and health care, and anesthesiologists are now training to become licensed acupuncturists. They may charge a little more than non-physician acupuncturist.

There are acupuncture organizations which can provide reliable acupuncture practitioners.

Most insurance companies cover malpractices in an acupuncture procedure. It is however advised to check first with your insurance agent to make sure that your policy covers such treatment.

During your first visit, you can be assured that no needle will be inserted in your body just yet. The practitioner will first ask for extensive information about your health, operations, behavior, lifestyle and sicknesses.

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