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By Laxmi Keshav

Many people have a dreadful feeling about needles and
injections. Acupuncture, that practice of piercing needles onto
different areas of your body to cure sicknesses may seem scary

Nevertheless, if you have been long been suffering from some
problems like headaches or chronic pains and usual treatment is
not yielding too much, then why not consider a trip to an
acupuncture specialist? After all, who hasn't heard of
somebody's aunt somewhere suffering from arthritis and trying
out everything that the doctors recommended all to no avail,
only to finally be cured by a really good acupuncturist?

Perhaps you were apprehensive whether it could actually work for
you. You might feel a bit skeptical since traditional Chinese
medicine doesn't immediately coincide with theories in modern
Western medicine. In fact, the use of needles to cure people was
discovered thousands of years ago in China long before
microscopes or x-ray machines were invented or before bacteria
and germs were discovered.

When you think about it, that might be something that the
practice has going for it. If it has existed already for
thousands of years and is still being practiced by millions up
to now, then it must have worked already for quite a number of

On your first visit to an acupuncturist, you would typically be
asked about your medical history, how you are feeling and any
symptoms of sicknesses you might have. The specialist would
observe features of your face, including your tongue. According
to experts, your tongue is a better indicator of the health of
your internal organs. The acupuncturist would listen to sounds
that your body makes like the sounds coming from your lungs. How
your body smells could also be an indicator of your overall
health for the acupuncturist's diagnosis.

Based on what the acupuncturist finds out about your sickness,
he or she would then formulate the treatment that your body
needs. With traditional Chinese medicine, sicknesses are seen as
a kind of imbalance and loss of harmony between your bodies'
organs. You can consider the use of needles on your body as just
a way to push your body and its organs back into balance.

The specialist would initiate the process of inserting very thin
needles into the right places in your body. To many people,
inserting these needles doesn't really hurt. After all, an
acupuncturist's needles are usually much thinner than the
needles that are used for injections. Many have claimed that
inserting these needles actually calms them down and relaxes

A lot of problems have been claimed to have been alleviated
through this practice. These include headaches, the common cold,
arthritis, back pains, asthma and even infertility.

Even though acupuncture isn't part of Western medicine, Western
medicine experts have studied it extensively. Some theories as
to why it works involve acupuncture perhaps stimulating the
brain's release of the body's natural painkillers. Acupuncture
could also stimulate proper circulation in the human body.

Western medicine is still trying to catch up with acupuncture
and trying to find out how to best integrate it with practices
in Western medicine. The approach is not harmful and it may
ultimately be the one to finally relieve you of a lot of your
body's pains and even make you healthier.

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