A lot of us have heard about acupuncture, but some of us aren’t sure of what it’s all about. Acupuncture represents far more than simple pain relief, it has long been utilized to combat depression, addiction and anxiety. Below, you will learn things about acupuncture you may not have known, and may even decide to try it out.
Never let your acupuncturist use used needles. If the acupuncturist does not open up a new pack of needles in front of you, you must inquire where those needles came from. The use of dirty needles can spread diseases and is illegal in most, if not all, states.
Since acupuncture is a form of alternative treatment, the cost is not likely to be covered by traditional insurance. Sometimes it only takes one treatment to get symptomatic relief, so the cost is not prohibitive. If several treatments are needed the cost of treatment may become too expensive to continue.
Falling asleep during an acupuncture treatment is not uncommon. You should not feel like the treatment was wasted because you feel asleep. Going to sleep during a treatment is actually a sign that you are able to fully relax and experience a sensation known as Qi. You will probably notice that your pain or stress is gone when you wake up.
If you are preparing for an acupuncture treatment, make sure to talk to your doctor ahead of time and notify him or her about any medications you are taking. That includes vitamins as well. He or she may want you to stop using some of them while you are receiving treatment.
You should find out if your acupuncturist is NCCAOM certified before you set an appointment. This national board certifies practitioners that have completed a national exam and full program. It doesn’t say anything about whether their sessions are painful or not, but it does mention their educational level describing how many hours were spent in school and if they did any supervised internships at their school’s clinic.
If you go abroad, avoid going to see an acupuncturist. Acupuncture is very popular in most Asian countries but keep in mind that the acupuncturist do not have the same education as the doctors who treated you in the past. These doctors might not have high hygiene standards or not practice painless acupuncture.
Make sure the acupuncturist you go to performs painless acupuncture. Painless treatments are very popular in the U.S. but pain can actually play a part in relieving your stress or treating your health problem. You should not try these treatments until you know more about acupuncture and are ready to try a more advanced treatment.
In most places around the United States, a license is required to practice acupuncture. Before going to a new office, ask to see the acupuncturists credentials. It is important to ask how experienced they are and where they went to school. Any place that can not provide this information should be visited with caution.
Clearly there are many fine points to learn when it comes to acupuncture. Hopefully, this article has taken some of the mystery out, and replaced it with good knowledge about its benefits. You will have more accurate information with which you can more easily decide to give it a chance in your life.