Most Common Uses for Acupuncture

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Acupuncture has been around for many many years, in fact it dates back to 200 BC. There are mummified remains even older than that, that have shown acupuncture patterns and points. Acupuncture is the most popular form of alternative medicine that there is. There are many things you can be treated for using acupuncture, anything ranging from chronic back pain to quitting smoking.

Some of the most common uses for acupuncture include the treatment of adverse reactions to radiation therapy or chemotherapy. General side effects of radiation therapy include:

  • fatigue
  • skin irritation- skin redness, peeling, moist peeling, swelling, or ulcers in the skin
  • fever
  • chills
  • sore mouth
  • mouth ulcers
  • toothaches
  • dry mouth
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • change in appetite
  • painful or difficulty swallowing
  • soreness of the breast
  • vaginal discharge
  • headache
  • seizure
  • decreased hearing or hearing loss
  • General side effects of chemotherapy include:
  • anemia
  • appetite changes
  • bleeding problems
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • hair loss
  • fatigue
  • infection
  • memory changes
  • mouth and throat changes
  • nerve changes
  • nausea and vomiting
  • pain
  • sexual and fertility changes in men
  • sexual and fertility changes in women
  • skin and nail changes
  • swelling
  • urination changes

Acupuncture can treat and cure many of these side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

Another common use for acupuncture is for certain chronic pains and arthritis. acupuncture works by restoring the balance to the body, and helping release the blockage of energy that comes from arthritis. Acupuncture is known as the most effective way of treating chronic pain and arthritis. Acupuncture has been said to work better than pain pills and steroid treatments. Acupuncture should be discussed with your doctor as sometimes it may not be suitable for your disease or illness.

Acupuncture is both common and popular as a sports medicine alternative. It can be used as a treatment for tennis elbow, inflammation of the tendons in the elbow caused by overuse of the muscles in the forearm. Acupuncture can be the cure for sprains and strains of course as well. A sprain is a twist in the ligaments of an ankle, wrist, or other joint that is violent enough to cause severe pain but not dislocation. A strain being a force from a part of the body to make a strenuous or unusually great effort. Acupuncture can and will treat both those and many other sports related injuries.

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine used widely across the world. Even celebrities are big believers in alternative medicines such as acupuncture. If you are concerned about whether acupuncture is right for you, you should ask your doctor, it is not always a cure all for everything. However, in many situations it can help with the treatment of pain that comes along with many diseases or illnesses and the pain of their treatments as well. The side effects and risks of acupuncture are low if you have a certified and competent acupuncture specialist. The only real side effect should be SOME soreness, for a short period of time.

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