Acupuncture: An Introduction
Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Washington D.C., Reston, Virginia, and in Bethesda, Maryland.
Chances are you’ve heard of acupuncture therapy, but how much do you actually know about what is involved? How about how effective it is? Are there any safety concerns? Don’t worry, we are here to answer all your questions, and provide you an introductory overview of the amazing world of acupuncture!
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an old Chinese medicine practice where specific points on an individual’s body are stimulated using needles. For years, practitioners have mapped out the body’s 12 main meridians, or pathways, that carry vital life energy to various parts of the body. This vital energy is also referred to as Qi. Very fine needles are inserted through the skin to promote the body’s healing abilities by regulating the flow of Qi throughout the body.
How effective is acupuncture?
Studies have shown that those who suffer from chronic, low-back pain, neck pain, or osteoarthritis/knee pain can find relief as a result of acupuncture sessions. Acupuncture has also been shown to reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraines. Because of the success that studies are showing between acupuncture and chronic pain relief, those that suffer should consider acupuncture as a reasonable option to alleviate pain.
While there are numerous studies that show the positive effects that acupuncture has regarding chronic pain, the effects on the brain and body, and how to measure them are just starting to be understood. New evidence is showing that there are many factors, including the belief and expectation that the procedure will work, may play a vital role in the effectiveness of acupuncture.
What are the safety concerns of acupuncture?
Acupuncture is relatively safe, with few complications ever being reported. Sterilized needles are required to be used for each acupuncture application to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Therefore, you can relax and know that acupuncture is safe and will provide you relief from your chronic pain.
At Seasons In Our Life, Dr. Carlos Durana has successfully been practicing acupuncture therapy since 1980! With his years of experience, Dr. Durana has mastered the art of acupuncture and can safely and effectively promote chronic pain relief. Contact us today, to learn how we can help you find the pain relief that you have been looking for!