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Acupuncture’s known to lower stress symptoms and help with weight gain. There are many different types of acupuncture therapy; sometimes, it’s hard to know what to choose.
If you want to learn about the other benefits of acupuncture, keep reading. In this guide, you’ll learn about western acupuncture and traditional acupuncture.
There are different styles of acupuncture that treat various illnesses and conditions. If you’re ready to dive into the different kinds of acupuncture, check out the tips below.
1. Korean Hand Therapy
Are you noticing pain in your hands because of your constant use of computers or smartphones? People experience aches or slight tremors in their hands.
Korean hand therapy will help relieve this pain. The acupuncturist will insert around 20 hand needles for half an hour. They use gold and silver metal pellets to find the meridians.
You can combine this type of therapy with another kind of acupuncture.
2. Have You Considered Traditional Chinese Acupuncture?
This type of acupuncture will examine your body’s internal and external functions using the meridian points.
The therapist will use Chinese medical practices. The treatment will usually focus on one area of your body. For example, you might seek treatment to reduce back pain.
Do you experience sleep issues, depression, or migraines? You might feel tired of taking traditional medicine. Chinese acupuncture will help you manage these different health conditions alongside other treatments.
3. Japanese Acupuncture
Japanese acupuncture will work on the entire body. It’s gentle and mainly painless. Practitioners will use disposable needles from Japan.
The practitioner won’t use as many needles. These needles will get used at a shallower depth. The insertion tube will help control the depth of the prick, which will lower the discomfort.
If you aren’t a fan of needles, this style of acupuncture might be a better option. It’s a gradual process where the acupuncturist will feel for the areas of discomfort.
Afterward, you will feel a calming effect on your body.
4. Scalp Acupuncture
Scalp acupuncture will use a similar process to auricular acupuncture.
The main difference is the needles that will penetrate the skin on your head. It’s a safer treatment to help stimulate brain cells and encourage them to revitalize.
This acupuncture therapy will address issues associated with brain function. It gets commonly used after brain surgery therapy or a stroke.
5. Have You Heard of Auricular Acupuncture?
The ear has acupuncture points that can heal your body. Auricular acupuncture will use the ear as a central connecting point to other regions of your body.
When the acupuncturist inserts acupuncture needles in the ear, they trigger chemicals. These chemicals will help remove toxins and allergies or lessen mood swings.
An allergic response can occur when there’s high levels of inflammation in the body. This creates a sensitive immune system that will malfunction.
There’s a specific kind of auricular acupuncture called Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT). SAAT helps to reprogram the immune system and it stops the over-reaction to any allergies.
Understanding the Different Types of Acupuncture
We hope this guide on the various types of acupuncture was helpful and insightful. Think about your current condition and what kind of relief you seek. Book a consultation with an acupuncturist to discuss your situation.
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Meet Our Expert: Deborah Farley
Founder of Acupuncture Works,LLC in Lynchburg Virginia. Deborah is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine as a Licensed Acupuncturist (L. Ac.).
She is also licensed by the State of Florida as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM). Deborah is a Diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
She graduated from the East West College of Natural Medicine with a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s Degree of Professional Health Sciences.