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Acupuncture Specialist

Body of Beverly Hills Wellness

Chiropractor & Massage Therapist located in Carthay Circle, Los Angeles, CA, Encino, CA & Studio City, CA

This service is only offered at our Encino and Beverly Hills Location. 

Acupuncture Q&A

Holistic medicine is the practice of healing that takes into account a person’s psychological and emotional states as well as their physical body when trying to administer treatment. Michael Kaliko, DC, and the team at Body of Beverly Hills Wellness, located in Studio City, Encino, and the Carthay Circle neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, have extensive experience using a variety of treatments for many different types of holistic therapies. To request an appointment, use the online booking feature or call the nearest office today.

Acupuncture: How It Works, Benefits And Risks Explained

Holistic medicine is the practice of healing that takes into account a person’s psychological and emotional states as well as their physical body when trying to administer treatment. Holistic medicine is also known as holistic healing and combines a wide variety of therapies that are commonly used today to treat a variety of conditions.

Many different types of holistic therapies can help treat insomnia, stress relief, quitting smoking and even losing weight among other problems. As its name suggests, holistic healing concerns itself with the overall wellbeing of a person and is recognized today as a legitimate form of alternative medicine.

One form or type of holistic therapy is acupuncture, which involves the use of  thin hairlike needles being inserted into the skin at varying depths. Through this activity, the tissues and nerve concentrated areas within the body become charged to respond to the slight tinge of pain that is felt, which ultimately boosts the immune response of the body.

In this article, you will learn more about acupuncture as a beneficial form of holistic medicine that has been around for over 2000 years. This article will also prepare you for the potential risks involved when opting for acupuncture therapy.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture traces its history back to ancient Chinese civilizations, which rests in the belief that a healthy body is the result of a balance between the yin and yang forces. They are referred to as “qi” collectively, with both forces believed to be two opposing extremes. The qi is believed to flow through the body via multiple pathways that can be accessed by 350 different points within the body where the energy is flowing. So, when needles are inserted with the right combination and at the right points, the balance that is needed for a healthy body and spirit is achieved.

Acupuncture makes use of extremely fine needles that pierce the skin, after which the practitioner will stimulate the pressure points where the pins have been inserted. This is done either by hand or by using electrical currents. With more research into this practice, the needles may sometimes be replaced altogether for stimulation with the following:

  • Suction or cupping
  • Acupressure
  • Friction
  • Moxibustion or heat
  • Electrical pulses
  • Suction or cupping

Understanding Acupuncture As A Holistic Healing Practice

When asked to describe the sensations people felt while getting the treatment with needles, most reported feeling energized or relaxed. The science behind this says that the needles if placed precisely on the right points on the body, can stimulate the central nervous system to release chemicals in the body.

These chemicals essentially jump start the body’s healing mechanisms, for both the physical form as well as the mind, leaving one feeling a lot more at ease than before the treatment. Sometimes, needles are heated while the treatment is being administered, or even have an electrical current passed through them.

This might sound painful, but if done properly it should not be. For example, it is very important that the needles not be inserted at the wrong place, and that they are properly sterilized before use. For these reasons, it is always the safest and most responsible option to go for a licensed practitioner. 

While existing data on acupuncture isn’t enough for us to understand exactly how it aids every single ailment it has been found to help, many people every year decide to incorporate it in their lives. Each session will last around 30 minutes, although the pins might not remain in your body for half an hour.

What the data does show us is that everyone will potentially respond to acupuncture differently. For example, there might be those who feel tired immediately after the treatment while others feel suddenly active. Similarly, some might start to feel the changes kick in a few sessions, whereas others might require months to notice distinct changes in their ailment.

But ultimately, the most common response from those who opt for acupuncture is that they feel a lot better post-treatment. So, provided that you do not have any serious condition that requires a medical professional, you may want to consider opting for acupuncture.

The Benefits Of Acupuncture

There are various benefits of acupuncture for the human body and mind. Research suggests that acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions without relying much on medicinal treatment. According to studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the following conditions can be effectively treated using acupuncture either alone or in combination with other forms of treatment:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Addictions such as smoking
  • Insomnia
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Dental pain post-surgery
  • Nausea (resulting from chemotherapy or surgical anaesthesia)
  • Lower back pain
  • Asthma
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Myofascial pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis

Besides these conditions, there are a host of other ailments that acupuncture is known to have had success treating. Broadly speaking, there are seven to eight categories under which multiple illnesses or conditions are grouped, all of which have been successfully treated by acupuncture and in some cases with additional medicine or therapy as well. In this article, we will only be discussing three major categories.

The first broad category is neurological, in which there are a host of conditions that acupuncture has been used for. These include migraines, Parkinson’s disease, headaches, post-operative pain, strokes, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction among others.

Second is musculoskeletal, which encompasses muscle cramping, arthritis, back and neck pain, sciatica, and muscle pain or weakness as well. The third category is emotional, which as you already know is something that acupuncture is shown to have success with. From anxiety and depression to insomnia and even neurosis, acupuncture has had success bring about mental relaxation for patients of these conditions. With only minimal invasion into the body, acupuncture can work to bring about relief for patients undergoing these issues for a better life.

Risks And Considerations

Now that you are well aware of all the benefits of acupuncture in terms of the wide variety of conditions it can help treat, it is time to familiarize yourself with the risks involved in acupuncture. Keep in mind however that these risks aren’t unique to acupuncture in particular, and so can also be applied to other forms of holistic healing methods.

  1. Only seek acupuncture treatment from a trained practitioner for the safest experience as well as effective results. You should normally go for someone who has the certification to perform acupuncture.
  2. While the risks of acupuncture is low with a certified practioner common side effects include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted. Single-use, disposable needles are now the practice standard, so the risk of infection is minimal. 

So, there you have it! If you are interested in trying out acupuncture, book an appointment with our team for a consultation and treatment