Images of needles arise at the mention of acupuncture, however, needle-phobes shouldn’t be so fearful of the alternative form of medicine, which is reportedly pain-free. Acupuncture, in basic terms, is the process by which trained practitioners insert thin needles into the skin to stimulate different points within the body. This process has been found to cure many ailments and diseases.
The medical practice of acupuncture is an ancient form of healing that can be traced to the Daoist tradition of China that dates back to 8,000 year ago. Stone, bone, and bamboo needles have been found at excavation sites throughout China, speaking to the healing practice’s long and widespread history. It was such an integral and respected medical practice, that acupuncture was mentioned in China’s first medical text, the Nei Jing, written between 305-204 B.C.
Acupuncture in the United States is a fairly new phenomenon, but it is becoming more widely practiced. The World Organization claims that acupuncture can help cure a multitude of ailments like nausea during pregnancy or chemotherapy, dental pain, allergic rhinitis, postoperative pain, hypertension, strokes, anxiety and panic disorders, insomnia, addiction, and depression. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services adds that it also helps to reduce pain or cure menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, osteoarthritis, back pain, asthma, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
For those interested in trying acupuncture, there’s plenty of great practices in Addison and the North corridor of Dallas such as the Acupuncture Center of Dallas, Spring Valley Acupuncture, East-West Acupuncture, and Southwest Acupuncture Clinic. Be sure to consult with your insurance beforehand, as some insurances cover acupuncture.