Welcome! Whether or not you are familiar with acupuncture, its benefits are so expansive that we thought it would be a good idea to organize a list, the Top Ten Benefits of Acupuncture:
1. Immune System
Think of acupuncture as a natural ally to your immune system. Each puncture of the acupuncture needle is a miniature trauma that triggers the production of immune cells. These cells destroy bacteria and viruses.
Anyone suffering from allergies will tell you that their symptoms can resist medications or other conventional remedies. That is where acupuncture comes in. Nasal congestion, itchy eyes and headaches have been known to disappear in one treatment. Acupuncture treats such symptoms during allergy season but it also provides maintenance during the off-season.
3. Women's Issues
Acupuncture has always had a positive effect on circulation and hormonal fluctuation. It only makes sense that it has been successfully applied to women's health issues. Acupuncture regulates cycles and relieves cramps. Hot flashes, night sweats and other menopausal symptoms have also been treated by traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
Migraines are not just really bad headaches. They can involve dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound, distorted vision and nausea. Someone with a headache might be able to work through it but migraine sufferers struggle with the basic functions in their daily life. This can lead to over-medicating and dangerous side effects. Acupuncture provides a safe, natural alternative.
Headaches may not be as disruptive as migraines but they still can derail a perfectly good day. They can be symptoms of a condition best treated by chiropractic care, which often incorporates acupuncture. Even if they are simply caused by stress or tension, an acupuncturist will recommend supplementing treatment with massage or meditation. Daily exercise or yoga is also recommended.
As an immediate solution to being unable to sleep, it must be pointed out that many patients’ initial response to treatment is to fall into a deep sleep, only to wake up feeling fully restored. That is a welcome result, whether you suffer from insomnia or not. For those whose sleep troubles are more chronic, acupuncture combined with dietary changes, such as the elimination of caffeine and sugar, has been known to reverse the effects of insomnia.
Any mental health professional will tell you that their work is a blend of art and science. This tends to leave even more room for acupuncture to do what it does best. Acupuncture creates balance where depression causes imbalance. Many who are averse to psychotropic medications find success with acupuncture.
Chinese medicine is no stranger to women’s health issues. Fertility can also be a men’s health issue and acupuncture can be applied there as well. However, when it comes to increasing one’s chances of becoming pregnant, acupuncturists will rely on centuries of dietary knowledge and herbal supplements during treatment. In the process, they will target stress and anything else that has a measurable impact on fertility.
9. Back Pain
Chiropractic treatment and acupuncture are often linked. Exercise that strengthens back muscles and heat applied to problem areas, along with acupuncture, work to relieve back pain. Acupuncture releases endorphins and improves circulation. The endorphins relieve the pain while the improved circulation oxygenates tissues and removes waste.
10. Stress Relief
An acupuncture session can be a chance to steal some much-needed sleep. At the very least, the treatment reduces the levels of stress hormones in the body. Muscles relax, heart rates slow down and tissues become rich with oxygen. Stress has no place on the acupuncture table.
Back and neck pain is the number one reason most people seek acupuncture treatment, with nearly 8 out of every 10 people experiencing lower back pain at some point in their life. Research suggests that acupuncture is an effective form of treatment, with 22 different studies that showed acupuncture to provide relief from chronic back pain.