Painless Acupuncture – Is it Even Possible?

painless acupunctureAcupuncture is a holistic approach to medicine that has been used by millions of people throughout the world for thousands of years.  It focuses on the whole person, not just the symptom or the disease.  Over the millennia, Acupuncture has evolved to effectively treat most modern ailments.

The History

The idea that Acupuncture should be painless is not a new one. While some fairly aggressive techniques are used in China and Korea, the Japanese have long believed that these techniques are counterproductive if used long-term. Gentle, calming treatments allow patients to relax and enjoy themselves — something most people don’t get to do often these days.

In the United States, many of the first Acupuncturists came from China. Their approach was accepted by those in need (many of whom had exhausted all other options). The idea of ”no pain, no gain” fit well, and their patients were grateful to get some improvement, especially those that had already undergone painful Western treatments with little or no relief.

But acupuncture can be very effective for many conditions. For most people today, an opportunity to relax during a treatment is half of the therapeutic effect in itself. When the Japanese first realized this, they began to make and use thinner and thinner needles, and increasingly more gentle techniques without seeing any decrease in effectiveness. (They actually noticed that some conditions respond better to this treatment.) So a few Acupuncturists and Asian Medical Practitioners have made efforts to find painless and fearless ways of helping people improve health and balance in their lives.

No Need for Needles

Some of the modern Acupuncture techniques may not involve needles at all. Painless Acupuncture is a treatment style that is becoming popular as patients respond much better when they are comfortable and not anxious about treatment.

While the theory behind their use has remained largely unchanged in the past 2000 years (since it works so well), the needles themselves have undergone major changes. There is historical record that some of the first acupuncture implements were made of bone! Once the shift to metal needles happened, practitioners found that similar effects could be achieved with thinner and thinner needles. It is also possible to achieve great results without using needles at all. This type of research and experimentation is not something that happens in China since, culturally, the Chinese population is comfortable with the idea of needles. In the West this is not the case. So a few Acupuncturists and Asian Medical Practitioners have made efforts to find painless and fearless ways of helping people improve health and balance in their lives.

The following are some of the alternative Acupuncture techniques that are painless:

  • Sound: By the application of tuning forks at differing intervals, various therapeutic effects can be achieved. For more specific information on the modality of Acutonics, visit the linked site.
  • Heat: The application of moxa at the acupoints is a very pleasant, warming treatment, that can be even more effective than needles at addressing certain types of imbalances.
  • Massage with herbs: By stimulating the acupoints with comfortable, relaxing pressure, in combination with herbal extracts that soak deep into the body to increase the effect of the treatment.
  • Various other methods: including the use of magnets and metal beads, as well as electrical stimulation of acupoints (which can feel like a slight tickle at most).

While Acupuncture is thought of, mainly, as the use of needles, it is really much more than this. It is the science and art of healing by stimulation of the body’s natural desire to heal, via specific points. These points are usually translated asAcupuncture Points although they can be just as effectively stimulated with finger pressure, heat, magnets, light/laser, or sound as they can with needles.

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