Alternative Treatment Methods That Work - A Quick Guide to Acupuncture

 Over the past few decades, more and more patients have sought out alternative treatments for their ailments. These methods have proven to be successful in numerous cases, though it can be difficult to find trustworthy treatment providers.

 Alternative treatments are especially important in the case of conditions that are hard, if not impossible, to cure entirely. This includes neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Which alternative treatment method has been proved to work for these debilitating conditions?Traditional and permanent acupuncture can help Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s patients a great deal. Keep on reading to find out how these methods can help.

Acupuncture - Methods and Benefits

According to traditional Chinese medicine, illnesses can come from the imbalance of life force or “qi”. This life force flows through bodily meridians and can be accessed via acupuncture points.

To translate the ancient Chinese wisdom into contemporary terms, acupuncture points are in most cases nerve endings, connective tissues, or muscles. Inserting tiny needles into these points stimulates chemical processes in your body that can lessen pain and relieve tension.

The World Health Organization states that acupuncture helps with peptic ulcer, rheumatoid arthritis, tennis elbow, and dysentery, to name but a few conditions. A patient might need to undergo several treatments and the needles may stay in up to half an hour.

Permanent Acupuncture

Permanent acupuncture was designed and developed in 2001 and it focuses on auriculotherapy or ear acupuncture. The technique was initially designed as an alternative Parkinson’s treatment. However, it has been successful in treating other neurological disorders like restless legssyndrome, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer's.

Like traditional acupuncture, the permanent method stimulates specific nerve endings to trigger a chemical reaction in the brain. A doctor inserts tiny titanium needles under the skin of the ear and into the cartilage. Depending on the condition, the doctor may need to insert one or several needles.

The small needles remain in the ear and provide continuous stimulation throughout the patient’s life. In the long run, permanent acupuncture may regenerate the nerve cells in the brain.

Are There Any Dangers?

If applied correctly, both traditional are permanentacupuncture should be risk-free. Some people are apprehensive about permanent acupuncture because the needles stay in the ear for good. But there is no need to worry, as the needles are made of medical-grade titanium and administered by a certified doctor.

How Fast Does Acupuncture Work?

The answer to this question depends on the individual condition and the acupuncture method. For example, some chronic conditions require several traditional acupuncture treatments, which may last a few months. If a person suffers from an acute ailment, relief may happen in about ten sessions.

On the other hand, permanent acupuncture may deliver beneficial results much faster. The procedure takes longer but the nerve cells get continually stimulated. Patients with certain conditions,like restless legs syndrome, may feel better after a week or so.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Needle

Acupuncture is one of the most researched and regulated alternative treatment methods. Millions of acupuncture treatments are administered every year, and several studies confirm that it’s also beneficial for countless other medical conditions, from insomnia to chemotherapy side effects. This is why you shouldn’t think twice about scheduling a meeting with a practitioner.
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