Monday, April 25, 2011

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin needles into specific body points to improve health and well-being. It originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this ancient art in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Acupuncture is when thin needles are put into certain places on the body. Acupuncture has been an important part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.

In modern times, other acupuncture methods have been discovered. The most common of these is electroacupuncture, which is when mild electrical pulses are passed through the acupuncture needles into the body.

Acupuncture is most often used to treat low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and nerve pain.

You may need several treatments before you know whether acupuncture will help.

Acupuncture needles are very thin and have no cutting edge. This makes them much less painful than needles used to give shots. Once acupuncture needles are in place, you may not feel them, or you might feel only a mild ache.

Acupuncture is safe. Complications are very rare. Some people have minor side effects, such as a headache or feeling tired. Sometimes symptoms get worse before they get better.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.