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Acupuncture and Acupressure Can Help Ease Pain – Including Cancer Pain

The First Needles For Acupuncture Therapy Were Made Of Stone When the Chinese first developed acupuncture therapy, they didn’t use stainless steel to make the needles.… Trista - January 30, 2020
Stainless steel wasn’t always the go-to choice to make needles. Pixabay.

The First Needles For Acupuncture Therapy Were Made Of Stone

When the Chinese first developed acupuncture therapy, they didn’t use stainless steel to make the needles. Instead, they used stone, bone, or bamboo to make the needles. Part of this was because they didn’t have the technology to turn stainless steel into needles.

Another part of this is because nearly 3,000 years ago, most objects were made out of bone, stone, or bamboo. Needless to say, needles today look incredibly different from thousands of years ago. In fact, the needles you see at the doctor’s office are about the thickness of two human hairs and disposable.

The acupuncturist should conduct a short physical examination before performing acupuncture. Pixabay.

Before Any Acupuncturist Performs The Therapy On You, The Need To Know About Your Health

If you are thinking about getting acupuncture therapy, the first step you want to take is to contact your primary doctor. They will talk to you a bit about the treatment and perform a physical examination so you can be sure that you don’t have anything that might cause a problem.

On top of this, your acupuncturist should make sure that you are healthy by reading any physical examination results and performing their own short physical examination. They won’t be as thorough as your primary care physician. However, they will look at your tongue and feel your pulse to make sure that you are healthy enough or get an idea of your health condition.

Your acupoints for a cold are different from your points for another illness. Pixabay.

Acupuncture And Acupressure Therapy Are Different For Everyone

While the results might be similar between people who receive acupressure or acupuncture therapy, the acupoints on your body are different. For instance, if there are 25 people in a room ready to receive acupuncture therapy, all 25 people can have different acupoints on their bodies.

Therefore, you should not perform a Google search to look for the best acupoints on you because there is really no way to tell without talking to a professional. Your points will also depend on what type of treatment you are looking for. For instance, the points for a cold are different than if you are trying to ease pain from cancer.

Pain is not the only symptom that acupressure and acupuncture will ease. Pixabay. .

Acupuncture And Acupressure Can Ease Over 200 Symptoms and Diseases

Pain is not the only symptom that acupuncture or acupressure ease. In fact, according to professionals and studies, there are around 200 symptoms and diseases that are eased by the therapies. The World Health Organization states in a report titled Acupuncture: Review of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials. In this report, it is noted that these therapies help people who suffer from headaches, allergic rhinitis, depression, low back pain, side effects of chemotherapy, and induction of labor.

Of course, there are dozens more. There are so many that the US National Institutes of Health states that they are proposing acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention for medicine.

The United States started to note the benefits of acupuncture therapy in 1972 because Nixon took a trip to China. Pixabay.

You Can Thank President Nixon and a Reporter for People Becoming More Interested In Acupuncture and Acupressure Across the United States

In 1972, United States President Nixon traveled to China with a reporter who started to have post-surgery pain. The pain became so intense that the Nixon administration needed to bring him to doctors in China to see if there was any way they could decrease his discomfort. Chinese knew that the best option was acupuncture, which they performed on the reporter.

When the reporter returned to the United States, he wrote about his encounter with acupuncture therapy. He told anyone who was having post-surgery pain from an appendectomy to try acupuncture as it helped him better than any medications.

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