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What Is Acupuncture and How Can It Help in Recovery

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Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice that involves inserting paper-thin needles to various depths at strategic points on the body. According to the tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), illness may be caused by energy blockages. Needles are inserted through the skin to stimulate the targeted acupoint in order to remove the blockage.

Why Use Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been used in China and parts of Asia for thousands of years to treat various medical conditions and alleviate the symptoms of different health conditions.

Over the years, the popularity of acupuncture has grown exponentially. People with chronic pain and genetic disorders use the therapy to manage their health conditions.

Unlike many other treatment modalities that have side effects, acupuncture is 100% safe when performed by a trained professional. It is drug-free and can help reduce dependence on medications. Any pain or discomfort after a session usually goes away after 24 hours.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture is used to relieve discomfort and pain associated with different health conditions including arthritis, depression, sciatica, sleeping disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, etc.

Additionally, studies show that acupuncture can promote a healthy pregnancy. Many pregnant women use acupuncture to manage pregnancy complications such as high blood pressure and infections.

When used in conjunction with IVF, acupuncture in Walnut Creek can help increase the chances of the woman getting pregnant and carrying pregnancy to term.

Professional athletes and amateurs around the world use acupuncture to treat different types of sports injuries including sprains, strains and wrist, hip, ankle, knee, elbow, neck, and shoulder pain.

Acupuncture can also be used to reduce swelling from an injury and treat shin splints.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

During a session, the acupuncturist inserts paper-thin needles at strategic points in the patient’s body. Throughout the session, they keep adjusting the needles in order to stimulate the central nervous system to secrete feel-good hormones. These hormones restore the body’s natural healing mechanism, promoting physical and mental well-being.

Many women who have trouble getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to full term use acupuncture to help become pregnant. Acupuncture can improve blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, helping create the ideal environment for conception.

What to Expect at Your First Appointment?

The initial consultation session provides your acupuncturist opportunity to get to know you better. During this session, your acupuncturist might ask you questions about your health history. They might ask you to describe your symptoms.

The acupuncturist may take your pulse and examine your tongue’s coating, shape, and color to recognize any disharmonies present within your body. They may also perform a thorough physical examination. Once they arrive at an accurate diagnosis, your acupuncturist will create a treatment plan and begin treatment.

Monarch Acupuncture & Wellness is committed to patient-centered care. Over the years, we have helped several individuals with seemingly insurmountable health issues get their health back on track. To make an appointment, call (925) 268-8830.