Acupuncture has been practiced in China for thousands of years, and has found its way into the western world. This alternative medicine is believed to be effective in treating a number of physical and mental conditions. It is used on both humans and more recently on animals where veterinary acupuncture is fast gaining ground. Needles are placed painlessly at specific points in the body where there is believed to be energy pathways which are known as meridians. This in turn prompts the release of endorphins within the brain which act as pain killers and help with a general feeling of wellness.
Various areas and organs of the body are linked with meridians which may not be in the same general area. The meridian associated with the large intestines for example can be found in the face, neck, arms and shoulders. With great knowledge in the field an acupuncturist can be able to identify which meridian is responsible for what condition, and begin the treatment as they deem appropriate. The practitioner will be responsible for diagnosing the ailment and subsequent treatment.
Acupuncturists use the physical appearance of the patient to diagnose their ailment. Some of the things that they will look at include the hair, eyes and skin. The tongue is also essential in this form of alternative medicine as certain movements; color and texture are believed to point to the location of the specific ailment. Additional diagnostics methods include certain body odors, sneezing, breathing patterns and figures of speech. They will also take into account the patients’ family background, medical history, living conditions and occupation among other relevant information.
Treatment will involve the practitioner first deciding on the best course of action. They will decide which needles need to be used as there are varying thickness and lengths depending on the part of the body they are to be applied. It is common practice for acupuncturists to first cleanse the skin to avoid possible infection. Also depending on the specific treatment, the needles may (or may not) be manipulated, may be inserted and left in place for a while or may be inserted quickly and removed. Agape Acupuncture offers various alternative treatments for a range of ailments. They have been in the field for over 30 years, and garnered great testimonials over time.