Are you curious about acupuncture's benefits? Here are 10 wonderful benefits of this ancient therapy:
1. None or very few side effects.
There are no known long-term side effects of acupuncture, and there is little to no pain involved. Acupuncture is performed by inserting very thin sterile and disposable needles into the skin; the patient may experience short-term side effects such as minor bleeding, local bruising or some quick needling discomfort, but these are minor.
2. Improves Qi/energy flow circulation in the body to bring back the balance of yin & yang.
Acupuncture needles are inserted into special meridian points to boost the circulation of Qi and blood. This stimulates the body's own healing response, helping to restore its natural balance.
3. Reduces pain.
Acupuncture triggers specific nerve points in the body, which release endorphins and reduce pain. It has been proven that acupuncture activates pain-suppressing receptors producing adenosine and affects the brain’s long-term ability to regulate pain (Journal of Neuroimage and Nature Neuroscience).
4. Very effective when combined with other treatments.
Particularly good for musculoskeletal disorders, acupuncture is very well combined with Tuina massage, physiotherapy and osteopathy. Acupuncture is known to boost fertility treatments, reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and stimulates post-surgical healing.
5. Great alternative for those with an intolerance to pain killers.
Acupuncture is especially useful for those who do not respond well to pain killers, for example, those who have allergies, or who do not wish to take pain medication.
6. Relaxation and sleep benefits.
Acupuncture induces relaxation and wellbeing, so naturally is great at improving sleep patterns. During the treatment, patients experience deep relaxation and some even fall asleep! Many people report better sleep after the session - which lasts for several nights.
7. May be effective to alleviate severe and acute musculoskeletal pain after only a few sessions.
For local pain problems affecting muscles and tendons, acupuncture is known to stimulate quick healing and relief.
8. Improves a large range of conditions.
Arthritis, skin diseases, asthma, hay fever, gastrointestinal and gynaecological disorders, and emotional problems can all be treated with acupuncture.
9. Lasting effects.
The effects of a good acupuncture session start from when the needles are in, until several days after, depending on the issues to be addressed.
10. A trusted holistic practice.
Acupuncture has been used for 5,000 years in China to treat a variety of ailments; before Western Medicine was introduced to China, acupuncture and Chinese Medicine were the solely used therapies and have proven through millennia to be effective and helpful to keep the Chinese population healthy.
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