What Does an Acupuncturist Do?

Have you ever had acupuncture? If not, you have no doubt seen it depicted in movies or TV shows. Acupuncture has a long history, having been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. It took a good while, but Western practitioners now recognize the value of acupuncture and incorporate it into the treatment plans of a growing number of clients.

But what does an acupuncturist do? Our bodies have their own ability to heal themselves. For example, if we cut ourselves, there is usually no need to run off to Emergency because our body will naturally take care of the wound over the next few days. Acupuncture does not treat or cure anything on its own. What it does do is enhance that natural healing procedure.

Among the things that acupuncture can help with:

  • Stress
  • Sleep Problems
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle Pain
  • Migraines
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

…and much more!

Acupuncture improves the flow of nutrients, oxygen, and blood through our body, all of which are very important for natural healing. Poor blood flow can cause problems in any area of the body and impair healing. Hence, it is imperative to keep the flow as constant and unimpeded as possible.

Acupuncture causes the blood vessels to dilate. That aids the flow, relieving pain and improving organ function. It also helps to stimulate our nervous system and prompts the brain to release opioids, which bring about pain relief. Acupuncture can be used as a sole treatment or in conjunction with other medicinal strategies.

Many people like acupuncture as a treatment because it is entirely natural. There are no drugs and thus, no side effects or potential health issues caused by misuse.

Interested in trying acupuncture? Do some research on the clinics in your area, call them for information, and book an appointment.

This video offers a demonstration of how acupuncture can treat neck pain: