Acupuncture is known to have so many beneficial effects, even for pregnant women. Actually, it has been found out and proven that acupuncture is effective in treating various discomforts to women brought about by pregnancy such as nausea, morning sickness and even constipation. It is also believed that acupuncture is a good alternative to induced labour; however, it is not widely proven yet. You must also consult your OB first so that proper instructions will be given to you. And of course before any acupuncture procedure, don’t forget to inform your acupuncturist about your pregnancy.
Acupuncture is not designed to cure life threatening or critical diseases. It is basically an alternative therapy. People who are suffering from health conditions are referred to undergo acupuncture to relieve discomfort and improve strength. Doctors don’t advise them to undergo acupuncture to cure their illnesses. If you are suffering from a health condition, always seek medical advice first before undergoing an acupuncture therapy. The doctor will be able to tell you whether acupuncture will be helpful or not.
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Most of the time, a person who undergoes acupuncture does not experience any adverse side effects. Acupuncture is a very relaxing and soothing alternative therapy. The only discomfort for the first timer, perhaps, is the first needle insertion. After that, the pain is no longer noticeable. Bruising, bleeding, and other injury to the skin tissues as side effects of acupuncture are unusual. If ever such injury occurs, the blame would be on the negligence or improper procedure done by the acupuncturist and not on acupuncture itself. Normally, acupuncture has no side effects at all. If you want to get the best out of it, go to certified acupuncturists only.
Acupuncture originated from China, but that alone does not prove that the best acupuncturists are only the Chinese. They have the advantage of having the best schools to learn acupuncture from the best acupuncturists. However, there are also many western schools that offer alternative therapy studies. And these schools also produce really good acupuncturists. It is true that Chinese acupuncturists are really good and so do other western acupuncturists. So don’t look at the nationality, look at the qualifications and experience of the acupuncturist.
Pain sensation during acupuncture depends on the person’s pain threshold. But usually, the pain felt once the needles are inserted is very minimal even painless most of the time. The person undergoing acupuncture typically falls asleep because of the soothing and relaxing effect of needle insertion. The needles used in acupuncture are so thin that you can’t even feel it once inserted. So don’t worry because acupuncture will not feel like the usual medicine shot.
Acupuncture is safe as long as it is done by professional and qualified acupuncturists. Always look for their certification that will prove that they are qualified to perform acupuncture. Plus, make sure that the needles to be used are disposable and sterilized. Check with your physician first too. Even though acupuncture is safe, it will also depend on your health condition. Ask for your physician’s advice about going through this alternative therapy.