Acupuncture is an alternative Oriental medicine technique done by inserting fine needles into specific parts of the body to relieve tension or for other therapeutic purposes. It is a form of health care proven to improve the general state of being through numerous target points in the human body. It is a very effective treatment in combating stress and pain, especially because it targets a specific part of the body. Read on to know how to treat abdominal and back pain with acupuncture.
- Choose the main reference point. In relieving abdominal pain, a reference point in the motor-sensory area is preferred. This is 1-centimeter to the side of the midpoint of the head's midline and spans about 3 centimeters long. For your back pain, acupuncturists may opt to target local points but may also try fringe areas as well to provide quick relief. Usually, the most sensitive spots are where needles are placed. These main reference points, in Chinese medicine, are determined and connected along what are known as meridians located sporadically along the entire body.
- Insert the needle. Acupuncture needles are also otherwise called filiform needles, meaning they resemble a thread or are filamentous because of their thickness. These needles are so thin that they are easily stretched when pressure is applied at the top part, and are generally not as painful when inserted at the part being treated for acupuncture. Your acupuncturist may use several to dozens of needles at a time to provide maximum treatment. If you opt to do this yourself or have a family member do it for you, look at your local drug store or medical facilities store for acupuncture supplies.
- Rotate the needles. The needles in the local area are then rotated by your acupuncturist at a rate of around 15 times in about five seconds. This rotating action stimulates the "flow of energy" believed to be governing the human body. Targeting specific areas stimulates this flow and directs energy towards the affected area. For a complete list of pressure points to relieve specific parts of the body, you may search the Internet or ask your acupuncturist for information.
- Repeat. You would have to repeat the process of inserting and rotating the needle three to four times to provide complete relief of the pressure and the pain in the abdominal and back area.
- See results. More often than not, or in two-thirds of cases, results are seen and felt with acupuncture immediately.
- Learn more. If you want to learn more on how you can treat pain and pressure along the body, you may opt to enroll in acupuncture courses available in your area, or look for modules over the Internet.
Science still can't explain the logic behind acupuncture. Some say the placebo effect is what makes acupuncture an effective medical treatment. Regardless of the explanation, one thing rings true--acupuncture works, and has been advocated by many people for thousands of years already.