In recent years, alternative medicine and physiotherapy have received plenty of attention after some very groundbreaking studies have shown that they may be even more effective than traditional treatment. However, before opting to subject yourself to any treatment, it is important to get reliable information about what it can and cannot do. This guide has been structured to help you understand what you can expect from acupuncture therapy.
The fact that acupuncturists are adept at helping patients experiencing chronic pain deal with their woes needs no belaboring. Patients who have unsuccessfully tried to get rid of persistent pain using traditional medication almost always find the method much more effective as soon as they try it. This applies especially for those suffering from arthritis.
Back pain is a complaint reported by a variety of patients and it can change from being an occasional mild complaint to a persistent acute pain. At this point, a visit to an acupuncturist’s clinic will more than cause immediate relief. In fact, acupressure – the practice of applying pressure through a tightened belt may provide relief without the use of needles.
There is increasing evidence that this method of physiotherapy is also effective in increasing the effectiveness of conventional medication, especially for drugs with negative side effects. A good example is a study which showed that patients undergoing anxiety treatment who were given acupuncture therapy only needed about half the normal dosage as those patients who did not undergo the procedure.
Some recent findings show that this method of alternative therapy also helps in reducing heartburn and indigestion, especially in pregnant women. In a study carried out in Brazil, a group of expectant women were given the alternative treatment alongside normal medication for heartburn while another group was given the standard medication and advised on alternative diet to prevent the symptoms. Of the former group, three out of every four reported decreased indigestion while in the latter group, barely two out of five reported any improvements.
Cancer patients undergoing a course of radiotherapy treatment report some debilitating side effects, depending on severity of the condition as well as part of the body affected. For those whose therapy is being applied on the upper trunk and the neck area there are often complaints of a dry mouth and they frequently become violently sick. It has been shown that patients who wore an acupressure band after such sessions perceived that such side effects were much milder than without the band.
One area which needs more research is whether acupuncturists can help you lose weight by nothing more than their needles. There are some experts who claim that this is possible while others think it is pure fantasy. In any case though, a course of treatment is a great complement to any diet or exercise program.
As has been outlined in the six different scenarios examined above, there is definitely more to acupuncture than meets the eye. An innumerable number of studies have been carried out to establish some of the fantastic claims about the efficacy, or lack thereof, when it comes to a number of medical conditions and ailments. The evidence is all out for everyone to see that this method suffices in both treatment as well as in alleviating some debilitating side effects of certain drugs and traditional therapeutic methods.