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Acupuncture: Benefits, Treatments and Cost

  Traditional Chinese medicine is commonly used to treat pain, and one of its key components is acupuncture. Technically, acupuncture uses thin needles to balance energy flow and life force while inserting them at strategic points in the body.

Traditional Chinese medicine believes that chi flows through pathways in the body and the needles serve as balancing forces that restore health from illness. According to Western practices, acupuncture is useful to stimulate nerves, connective tissues and muscles, to boost activity in the natural body and increase the flow of blood.

Acupuncture Benefits

A wide range of diseases find relief through acupuncture. Among them we find:

  • Dental pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Migrainesacupuncture_Small
  • Low back pain
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Labor pain
  • Headaches

In order to take advantage of these acupuncture benefits, patients considering the treatment should choose the practitioner well:

  • Ask for recommendations
  • Check credentials from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Ask questions about your condition and get informed about the procedure
  • Chose a specialist who is trained in Western and Eastern medicine

Acupuncture Treatments

Depending on the particular symptoms and lifestyle of each patient, the acupuncture practitioner should examine painful body parts, the shape and color of the tongue and that of the face, finally the quality of the pulse. It takes around an hour to complete this initial assessment.

Acupuncture treatments involve regular sessions, usually from six to twelve half-an-hour long visits over a few month period.

During the procedure, points are located around the body; needles are inserted (around 20 per treatment), manipulated and removed after around 15 minutes.

Acupuncture Cost

The average acupuncture cost per session is from $45 to $120. Patients considering acupuncture should know that a great deal of the success depends on the seriousness of the condition and the constitution and strength of the person and not on the reputation or fee of the practitioner.