We give a lot of credit to technology for making it possible to treat some of the most complicated health problems humanity has ever faced but we owe our very own existence to ancient medical practice. Perhaps without the intervention of ancient medical practice humanity would have been wiped out by some of the worst epidemics to ever hit our ancestors. We are talking about the bubonic plague in Europe, original outbreak of Anthrax, the onset of Ebola, measles among others. One of the most notable medical practice that was carried over to the 21st century is acupuncture. Acupuncture is without a doubt a very powerful, multi-dimensional, centurial medical practice that we still derive benefits from today.
At MINTS Medical Spa in Chicago, we have embraced technology in most of our treatment but we have high regards for the benefits that can be derived from ancient medical practices such as acupuncture. Based on extensive research and training, we do now offer acupuncture as one of the services at MINTS Medical Spa. It has rich results in dealing with skin blemishes and a host of other medical issues.
Historical records place acupuncture, an ancient traditional Chinese healing technique, to be at least 3000 years old. As of recent as 1997, the United States National Institute of Health went on record to document and publicize the safety and efficacy of acupuncture in treating a broad contingence of health issues. Due to its popularity, many insurance brokers are even offering acupuncture insurance policies as the technique continues to be broadly used in relieving pain and inflammatory conditions.
History lesson aside, how does acupuncture really work? Based on ancient Chinese dogma, your life force, ‘chee’ or ‘qi’ flows in your body through meridians. When this flow is interrupted, then diseases generate in your body and to restore your body to its normal health, this blockage has to be rectified and hence the practice of acupuncture was born.
Acupuncture is thus intended to improve your body’s functionality and to promote a natural healing process through stimulation of anatomic sites. These sites are referred to acupoints and several methods can be used to stimulate these points. The goal of acupuncture is thus to restore a balance between yin and yang, which according to ancient Chinese knowledge are two opposing energy forces in the body.
Generally, the most commonly used acupuncture technique is the insertion of very fine, sterile needles through the acupoints. The needles are as thin as your hair strands which makes it a quiet painless procedure.
Cupping can also be used in combination with heat therapy to stimulate acupoints or along with needle insertion to make it more effective.
And the medical gift Traditional Chinese medicine offered us has been demonstrated further by modern research. Research in the modern age has shown that acupuncture has positive effect on the immune system in general and the nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine and digestive systems in specific. As it stimulates the various body systems, acupuncture helps to relieve pain, enhance digestion function, improve sleep and general sense of well-being. Quite a gift, isn’t it!
The intricacies of how acupuncture stimulates this organ or that system in your body is of very little important if you are not really going to benefit from it, right? Since gaining popularity as a possible remedy for a host of medical conditions, hundreds of clinical studies have been conducted to try and prove the efficiency of acupuncture techniques in treating various conditions. Majority of these clinical studies have proven that indeed acupuncture can have positive results in treating conditions ranging from migraine, nausea, musculoskeletal, anxiety, headache, depression, infertility and insomnia.
Besides being commonly used to relieve pain, acupuncture can also help set skin blemishes right. Although this area needs more research, there is little doubt about the effectiveness of acupuncture techniques to restore proper blood circulation. Clogged pores have been a major contribution to a number of skin blemishes but with the right combination of acupuncture techniques, these skin blemishes can be rectified.
In case-controlled clinical studies, acupuncture has shown to be effective as a remedy for the following symptoms, conditions and diseases:
There are many more conditions that acupuncture techniques can take care of and if you have any queries or are suffering from a condition we have not listed above, feel free to check in at our MINTS Medical Spa in Chicago and our specialist will do his best to keep you informed.