Acupuncture originates from China and has been practiced there for thousands of years. For over 23 centuries, the method of insertion of slender needles into pressure points in the body to unblock energy, blood, and moisture flow has been used to treat and prevent illnesses. Acupuncture goes unnoticed by some and to others feels like a small pinch followed by a sensation of tingling, traveling warmth, or heaviness.
From a Western point of view, acupuncture is becoming less mysterious due to the positive results it has been known to produce. According to the National Institute of Health, a number of studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can cause multiple biological responses in both humans and animals.
Acupuncture is known to treat everything from the common cold to infertility, and according to some, even better than the ways of Western Medicine. With certain health conditions, acupuncture can be effective enough to reduce or eliminate the need to take drugs to control pain or symptoms. Additional benefits of acupuncture are faster recovery from injuries, decreased symptoms of stress and improved circulation.*
Here is a list of common conditions and benefits:
Pain-Chinese acupuncture has been used with dramatic success in place of anesthesia, medications or surgery to treat conditions associated with pain, because it stimulates the release of the body’s naturally occurring pain-relieving compounds such as endorphins and opioids. Common pain treatments include: Sciatica, Lower Back Pain, Migraines, Headaches, Knee Pain, Tennis/Golf Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, TMJ disorders, Osteoarthritis and more.*
Thinning hair and hairloss– Acupuncture treatment focuses on the areas that will help sleep and stress and adjust hormone balances which are often causes of hair loss and/or thinning. Once the body is brought back to its healthy normal state, hair growth is generated and patients are said to notice thicker hair and hair growth.*
Prevents Flu and Allergies-Treating someone before the flu season starts can build their immune system just like a flu shot -without actually injecting dead or live strains of the virus into the body! Instead, the person’s immune system is being strengthened so that it is able to fight the virus. This treatment may include acupuncture (with appointments twice a month before flu season), homeopathic injections, infrared sauna treatments, and herbal teas.*
Common Colds and Flu– If you are unlucky enough to catch the cold or flu, acupuncture offers a RAPID recovery system. What we commonly call catching a cold or flu is basically a viral or bacterial infection. Chinese medicine can significantly help avoid the use of antibiotics by enhancing the body’s own immunity, enabling it to fight off disease without killing the good bacteria. Usually, people using Chinese medicine are able to shorten the duration of their flu significantly and tend to feel less weakness after the flu is over.Typical treatment; acupuncture, infrared sauna and Biopuncture (vitamin or homeopathic injection).*
Chemotherapy induced pain and nausea- The National Cancer Institute reports acupuncture’s primary use in cancer treatment has been symptom management. The most commonly treated symptoms include cancer pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, weight loss, anxiety, depression, insomnia, poor appetite, constipation and diarrhea.*
Hormone Balance, Fertility, and Women’s Health– By increasing blood flow to the uterus,and thus increasing the uterine lining, Acupuncture can regulate menstruation. Which, on a basic level can improve fertility rates. It can also remove blood where it has stagnated reducing fibroids, cysts, or endometriosis. Chinese Acupuncture also naturally balances hormone levels to increase fertility or reduce premenstrual symptoms and even alleviating Menopausal Syndrome.*
Psycho/Social: Multiple emotional or psychological disorders can be treated by acupuncture, which benefits addictions, phobias, obsessive behavior, eating disorders, and anxiety.*
Chinese acupuncture allows for a number of benefits. Learning more about this Eastern practice can give you more options in times of illness, and with so many people professing great results these days, why not at least give it a try?
*Results may vary