How Effective Acupuncture can be for healing body and mind??

Nov 1, 2022 | From Suicidal to Serene

As I said in my first Guidance blog that I will be sharing my insight into different modalities and therapies, so here it is.

Acupuncture can be very effective modality to be used in healing body and mind, but you need to know when to go for acupuncture and when not to. I experimented and experienced modality of acupuncture 3 different times from 3 different experienced and good practitioners. I always did the research such as reading reviews and asking acupuncturist questions before actually having sessions. However, I was only satisfied with the results only on one occasion out of 3.        

In 2014, I had 25 acupuncture sessions (once every day) and consumed only steamed vegetables during that time to treat depression, frustration and agitation with NO BENEFITS whatsoever.     

In early 2020, I had 20 sessions (2 sessions a week) from different experienced acupuncturist because I was feeling negative and destructive emotions such as anger, anxiety, jealousy, envy, and bitterness with NO BENEFITS whatsoever.

The only time I got benefited from acupuncture sessions was in 2017. It took only 10 sessions to heal pain in my right shoulder.

Conclusion: The conclusion I arrived about the effectiveness of acupuncture based on my experience is that it is a very effective modality. However, acupuncturists don’t have diagnostic tools such as blood test, urine test, saliva test, X-rays etc. Therefore individual needs to be diagnose first and find out about the root cause/causes of their disease from functional medical doctor before consulting acupuncturist. The only exception is if individual is suffering from back pain—shoulder pain—leg pain—neck pain etc either caused by an accident.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the practice of penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles which are then activated through gentle and specific movements of the practitioner’s hands or with electrical stimulation.

There are other forms of stimulation sometimes used instead of needles over the acupuncture points, including:        

  • Pressure (acupressure)
  • Friction
  • Suction (Cupping)
  • Impulses of electromagnetic energy

How does acupuncture affect the body?      

Acupuncture is part of the ancient practice of traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways or meridians. These pathways create an energy flow (Qi, pronounced “Chee”) through the body that is responsible for overall health. Disruption of the energy flow can cause disease. By applying acupuncture to certain points, it is thought to improve the flow Qi, thereby improving health.

Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous systems. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promotes physical and emotional well-being.

Studies have that acupuncture is effective for variety of conditions.

Here is the process of getting acupuncture sessions:

  1. If you are suffering from Neck—Leg—Back—hand etc pain caused by an accident, then gets referral from friend or a family member if possible and starts having acupuncture sessions. You could also find good acupuncturist by reading reviews and asking questions from acupuncturist if referral is not an options for you.
  • However, if you are suffering from any disease other pain then I would find the root cause of the disease/diseases first by getting diagnosed preferably by functional medical doctor. Functional medical doctor are like detectives and they are trained to find the root cause by doing comprehensive tests and research on different areas of your life.  An acupuncturist can help you much more effectively once you know your root cause of your disease unless you want to take chance.
  • Last but not least always pay attention to your thoughts and emotions so that you could manage and express your emotions better.

Disclosure: However, this blog is for informational purposes only. You need to use your own discretion and get medical and psychological help if needed.

Meet the Author

Amir Siddiqui

Following a series of disappointments as a young man, Amir Siddiqui became depressed and suicidal. He spent the next eight years pursuing personal growth and completely turned his life around. Now he aims to help people overcome negative mindsets to live happy, healthy lives.

Amir was born in Pakistan and immigrated to the United States in 1994. He lives in Virginia, where he loves nature, particularly forest bathing, kayaking, and sailing. He also enjoys meditating and yoga.

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