Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific acupuncture points along the skin of the body using thin needles. Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that is wildly popular in traditional Chinese medicine. Since acupuncture does not follow the scientific method it is considered a type of pseudoscience, it is considered ‘borderlands’ science because it is in between normal and pseudoscience. Supposedly, acupuncture is said to correct the imbalance in the flow of Chi. However, there has never been any evidence to support the claims of acupuncture along with the Chinese concept of Chi and acupuncture points. To many Chi differentiates a corpse from a live human being and in order to be in good health and be pain free, Chi needs to circulate throughout the whole body. Many acupuncture patients partake in hope to relive pain like chronic back pain or muscles spasms. Some research has shown acupuncture can reduce pain while others say it is simply by chance and only effective do to a placebo effect. After having an acupuncture procedure that usually consists of five to twenty needles. The needles are left in place for about twenty minutes. Then patients go through a consultation that can last up to an hour. In the evaluation patients have there pulse checked on both arms and their tongues are inspected. Preformed properly by a professional there are no serious risks however, one should be cautions.
People need to be aware of scams and acupuncture can fall into that category. There are serious implications that can come from something like this. People think they are being helped and cured when in reality no scientific evidence supports the claims that your Chi magically becomes balanced and pain is eliminated. Not to mention people spend a fortune on such procedures. An average acupuncture session can cost any where from sixty to a hundred and twenty dollars that may not seem like a lot but many acupuncturists recommend their patients to have fifteen to twenty sessions. Since people believe they are being helped they will spend the money without researching or asking to many questions. Before you consider such method one should know the risks, if the acupuncturist as the right credentials, and if it is a worthwhile investment.