You have no doubt heard about acupuncture before, but have you ever tried it? If not, perhaps the following questions have been holding you back: What is it? How can it help me? Does it hurt? This blog post aims to shed light on some of these questions.

What is acupuncture for?

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat illness and pain. With regards to pain, a Harvard Medical School publication states that acupuncture can be a good treatment option for chronic pain. In addition to pain – and as recognized by the World Health Organization – it has been proven to be effective in the treatment of the following:

  • Addiction (including alcohol, drug, smoking)
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Dental pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Emotional problems
  • Eye problems
  • Facial palsy/tics
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Headache
  • Hiccough
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Reproductive problems
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sore throat
  • Stress
  • Tennis elbow
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Vomiting
  • Wrist pain

How does acupuncture work?

Your body is covered in acupuncture points (also known as acupoints) which are sensitive points which can be stimulated. By stimulating these points (which in the case of acupuncture is done via the painless insertion of very small, sterile needles) the body’s functions and natural healing process can be promoted and enhanced.

The original theory behind why this works stems from Chinese Medicine. It was thought that energy flowing throughout the body could get blocked, leading to sickness and pain. Acupuncture became a way to remove these blockages and allow energy to flow freely again.

Does acupuncture hurt?

When people are new to acupuncture, they often ask “does it hurt?” The simple answer is that it does not. The needles used are so slender that you do not feel them. Furthermore, it’s all done in a relaxing – yet sterile and professional – setting, allowing for total relaxation. Indeed, after receiving treatment, patients almost always comment about how relaxed they feel.

Where can I get acupuncture in Plant City?

If you are looking for acupuncture in Plant City, Florida, then you will be pleased to know that it is offered here on site at Natural Medicine and Pain Center. Dr. Alaina Edgemon – who has a National Board Certification in Oriental Medicine – is very experienced and qualified in administering acupuncture sessions, allowing you to relax in full confidence. Read more about acupuncture in Plant City or Contact Us.