Many of us have tried a variety of different treatments for ailments we might experience on a regular basis. When seeking treatment, of course, most patients first try traditional methods such as taking medicine, applying heat or a cold pack to an injured area, or visiting a doctor. In some situations, surgery may even be necessary. It is especially frustrating when many of these standard methods of treatment do not work. For this reason, more people are trying alternative forms of treatment for a number of different health issues. One popular form of treatment is acupuncture.

Acupuncture originated in ancient China. It involves inserting thin, solid needles into the skin into acupuncture points. It is believed that stimulating these acupuncture points will help balance the qi, which is the energy flow through the human body. It is believed if the qi is not balanced, a person’s energy does not flow correctly and causes health issues. Though acupuncture started in China, it has become popular in many countries all over the world.

Although acupuncture is the source of much debate in the medical community, many people see the benefits of acupuncture after a short period of time. Opponents of acupuncture believe this is merely “the placebo effect,” but those suffering from health issues often are not concerned with the scientific reasons acupuncture works. Many patients are simply pleased to see positive results.

Acupuncture is said to have many health benefits. Acupuncturists can help a number of different ailments, including:

Headaches caused by tension
Neck disorders
Sleep disorders
Fertility issues

Many acupuncturists claim they are able to relieve a number of other symptoms, although there is not enough research to prove these claims. Other conditions and diseases patients seek acupuncture treatment for include:

Drug addiction
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Tennis Elbow
Endometriosis and other women’s health conditions

When seeking an acupuncturist, one can easily conduct an online search. In many areas, such as Baltimore, simply searching for “acupuncturist in Baltimore” can produce so many results, it can be overwhelming going through all your options. Make sure to contact several offices and discuss your medical conditions and concerns. Since there are so many options, make sure to find an acupuncturist you feel comfortable visiting. If you visit the office and do not feel comfortable, you can always try a different acupuncturist.

When choosing an acupuncturist, you should look for someone licensed. Acupuncturists must attend a four-year program in the United States to receive a license. Although each state has its own rules, about half the states in the U.S. require an acupuncturist to be certified. Even if your state does not require certification, it never hurts to specifically look for a licensed acupuncturist. When it comes to your health, it is best to be safe.

In many instances, the traditional health community does not offer all the answers patients are seeking. If you or someone you know continues to suffer from a chronic condition, visiting a licensed acupuncturist can be the best solution to your problem.

Walter Scott is one such licensed acupuncturist in Baltimore. Walter has been practicing for a number of years and is currently seeking new clients, Walter is the owner of the acupuncture center of Baltimore.

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