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Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin needles into specific body points to improve health and well-being. It originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. American practices of acupuncture use medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea and other countries. In the United States, the best-known type involves putting hair-thin, metallic needles in your skin.


Research has shown that acupuncture reduces nausea and vomiting after surgery and chemotherapy. It can also relieve pain. Researchers don't fully understand how acupuncture works. It might aid the activity of your body's pain-killing chemicals. It also might affect how you release chemicals that regulate blood pressure and flow.

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Acupuncture

  1. 1. http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=593Fitango EducationHealth TopicsAcupuncture
  2. 2. 1OverviewAcupuncture is the practice of inserting thinneedles into specific body points to improve healthand well-being. It originated in China more than2,000 years ago. American practices ofacupuncture use medical traditions from China,Japan, Korea and other countries. In the UnitedStates, the best-known type involves putting hair-thin, metallic needles in your skin.
  3. 3. 2OverviewResearch has shown that acupuncture reducesnausea and vomiting after surgery andchemotherapy. It can also relieve pain. Researchersdont fully understand how acupuncture works. Itmight aid the activity of your bodys pain-killingchemicals. It also might affect how you releasechemicals that regulate blood pressure and flow.
  4. 4. 3Side effects and risksThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)regulates acupuncture needles for use by licensedpractitioners, requiring that needles bemanufactured and labeled according to certainstandards. For example, the FDA requires thatneedles be sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for singleuse by qualified practitioners only.
  5. 5. 4Side effects and risksRelatively few complications from the use ofacupuncture have been reported to the FDA, inlight of the millions of people treated each yearand the number of acupuncture needles used. Still,complications have resulted from inadequatesterilization of needles and from improper deliveryof treatments. Practitioners should use a new setof disposable needles taken from a sealed packagefor each patient and should swab treatment siteswith alcohol or another disinfectant beforeinserting needles.
  6. 6. 5What to expectDuring your first office visit, the practitioner mayask you at length about your health condition,lifestyle, and behavior. The practitioner will wantto obtain a complete picture of your treatmentneeds and behaviors that may contribute to yourcondition. Inform the acupuncturist about alltreatments or medications you are taking and allmedical conditions you have.
  7. 7. 6What to expectAcupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently,but most feel no or minimal pain as the needlesare inserted. Some people feel energized bytreatment, while others feel relaxed. Improperneedle placement, movement of the patient, or adefect in the needle can cause soreness and painduring treatment. This is why it is important toseek treatment from a qualifiedacupuncture practitioner.
  8. 8. 7What to expectTreatment may take place over a period of severalweeks or more.

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