The purpose of acupuncture is to improve health and reduce the pain sensation. Acupuncture treatment has been known for thousands of years and still has many followers. This technique is mainly based on the concept of energy balance.

The acupuncture practitioner evaluates the energy flow and affects the patient's health by stimulating certain acupuncture points. Traditionally, acupuncture points were stimulated with needles, but nowadays herbs, magnets, lasers and electric shock are becoming more and more popular.

1. Acupuncture - assumptions
Very thin needles are placed under the skin at different depths. It is not fully known how they work on acupuncture points and where the healing properties of acupuncture come from , but it does have a positive effect on the body. Not only does it relieve pain, it also helps to relieve nausea caused by chemotherapy . According to traditional Chinese medicine theory , acupuncture points are at the peak of energy flow.
However, there is no anatomical or scientific confirmation of the existence of acupuncture points, and Western doctors question acupuncture in general. Some studies describe this technique as similar to placebo , but others show its real benefits.

Treatments are performed for several sessions every week or every two weeks. Most treatments are twelve sessions. A visit to the office is also an examination and assessment of the patient's health. He also gets advice on taking care of himself. The acupuncture treatment usually takes about half an hour.

The patient is lying on his back, stomach or side. The acupuncture practitioner uses disposable sterile needles with which he pricks the acupuncture points. The puncture itself is painless, only when the needle reaches the right depth, the patient feels a strong stab of pain. Sometimes the needles are heated or electrocuted after puncture. The needles are placed under the skin for about 20 minutes.

2. Acupuncture - indications
Acupuncture is most often performed when the following ailments have occurred:

pain and nausea after surgery,
indigestion symptoms in pregnant women,
lower back pain ,
migraine ,
hypertension .
The benefits of acupuncture are as follows:

it is safe if properly carried out,
there are few side effects,
in combination with other methods it is very effective,
effectively controls several types of pain,
can be used by people who do not respond to traditional painkillers,
is an alternative for those who don't want to take painkillers.
3. Acupuncture - risk
The use of acupuncture can be dangerous in some cases, for example:

it is dangerous for people with blood coagulation disorders ,
poses a risk to patients taking blood thinners,
there may be some bleeding, bruising and irritation at the injection site,
non-sterile needle may cause infection
if the needle is put too far into the chest or upper back, the lung may collapse (this is very rare).
For people who want to try custom treatments for pain and certain ailments, acupuncture may be a good idea. However, you should be careful when choosing a surgery and performing this technique. Only in the hands of a professional can you feel confident.

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