Acupuncture has been practiced in the east, most notably China, for thousands of years.* It has been used to treat a myriad of diseases, including chronic pain in the muscles and joints. A study conducted by a team of medical experts which pooled the results of 29 studies with 18,000 participants found that acupuncture relieved people’s symptoms by 50%. In this article, we’ll explore three main points of acupuncture to give you a better idea exactly what and how effective it is.
How is acupuncture conducted? An acupuncturist inserts needles which are about the width of hair follicles into different areas around the body. The insertion of these needles is thought to correct the flow of energy (pronounced chi in Chinese). In Western terminology, acupuncture is used to ease pain by the manipulation of the immune system and hormone levels.*
How much does acupuncture cost? Treatments can range anywhere from $65 to $125 per session.* However, health insurance typically will not cover the cost of acupuncture.
Who should provide you with acupuncture treatment? You should seek out a certified provider. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is an ideal place to search for a certified acupuncturist practitioner.
In short, acupuncture can be a safe, cost effective, side effect free method of dealing with chronic pain. There is sufficient evidence to support that acupuncture works and it is no wonder why it has survived through millennia. As always, please consult with your healthcare provider before starting this out.
*Sources-Archives of internal Medicine, Harvard Health Publishing