People seeking alternative methods to healing, pain relief, weight loss and many other heath issues and concerns have discovered an alternative healing method with excellent results. For thousands of years, the Chinese used acupuncture to restore health to their bodies. The Chinese believe the body has chi, circulating body energy and meridian points that the chi flows through. When the body is in balance, health is good or excellent, when the chi is stagnant or blocked acupuncture is required. Acupuncture is the insertion of needles at the meridian points of the body. The body consists of yin and yang energies and the needle insertion helps balance these two energies to realign the balance in the body. Balance is the key to healing the medical conditions that have resulted from the energy misbalance in the body. Some people cringe when they mention acupuncture because needles are used at body points. These needles are very tiny, some thinner than a strand of hair. Insertion of these needles is often painless and many people are surprised at the ease of insertion. This healing technique is meant to ease body pain; not create additional pain or discomfort. In Western medicine, this technique can be used together with modern medicine. Needle insertion can help ease pain from women's monthly cycles, headaches, and the nausea associated with stronger medicines such as chemotherapy. Many patients have found this technique reduces or eliminates many types of discomforts. Needle therapy will also clear blocked sinuses and the sinuses will remain clear for many days depending on the patient.
People turn to this healing methodology to aid them in weight loss. Acupuncturists believe that when the digestive system lacks balance, the body will not process food correctly or mood may be affected causing people to overeat. With treatment, some believe the metabolism returns to balance and together with exercise and diet have helped many people lose weight that they struggled to lose with other methods. Another acupuncture area gaining popularity is in the ears. Many practitioners believe with the many points in the ears that inserting needles can ease many conditions. By inserting needles in the ears, so many other parts of the body are aided and balance can be restored. This methodology also eases hypertension, insomnia, anxiety, pain and a host of other conditions including cessation of smoking and certain addictions. Acupuncturists have completed extensive training and practice. They are skilled at needle type, size, and the angle and insertion location. No guesswork is used in their practice as this technique requires skill, knowledge and ability. Practitioners attend special schools and must pass tests before they can be certified to practice. Three forms of Acupuncture are available, Chinese, Japanese and Korean have grown in popularity worldwide. The length of treatment will depend on the work necessary to attain balance. The condition did not form overnight, and may require a series of treatments on specific body areas to attain the health goal sought.