Acupuncture for Seniors

Acupuncture will potentially restore the body to a youthful, harmonious state.

When you think of acupuncture, what should come to mind is skinny needles inserted into parts of the body. Almost mysteriously, it seems to relieve pain as well as help in weight loss and quitting smoking. Acupuncture can have many benefits for seniors. It is worth investigating how it might benefit yourself or a loved one you may be caring for.

Over 20 million people have tried acupuncture and that number is growing as the Baby Boomers age out and venture into new modes of treatment that were all but ignored by the previous generation.

Acupuncture works with the meridian system.

According to the Mayo Clinic,”Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as chi or qi (chee) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body.” It is an ancient form of healing that dates back to 100 B.C.E. Its exact mechanism is not clear whether it is biochemical or through neuropaths. The acupuncturist manipulates certain parts of the outer body in order to control the internal organs. In this Chinese practice, there are 12 standard meridians in the arms and legs. For example, some meridians in the arm affect the heart, lungs, and small intestine when manipulated. In addition, some meridians in the legs affect the kidneys, stomach, and gallbladder. The use of sterilized needles send signals throughout these regions.

Skilled acupuncturists will inflict no pain at all.

Many get squeamish when thinking about the needles. The common belief is that needles come with intense amounts of pain. However, that is not the case. The skilled acupuncturist not only inserts the needles, but manipulates them to create tingling sensations. Once achieved, with the energy flow unrestricted, further healing commences to the ailing organs.

Great potential benefits for the elderly.

For the elderly and for caregivers alike, acupuncture is especially beneficial to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. It’s also known to benefit elderly patients suffering from ailments which stem from over-medication. Western medication is potentially taxing to a senior citizen’s body. Also, mainstream doctors are increasingly turning to acupuncture to alleviate the symptoms of chemotherapy. There is also research on its benefits for sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal diseases, and drug addiction.

Check it out with your geriatrician.

As with everything, you must consult your physician before starting any treatment. Those who have pacemakers must clear this treatment with their doctors if mild electrical impulses are being used. These can interfere with the pacemaker’s operation. Similarly, those with a blood disorder or blood thinners must be careful of any bruising that may result from the use of needles.


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