Acupuncture therapy is one of the most ancient forms of medical treatment known to humankind. Over thousands of years of practice, its relevance has only continued to grow for one simple reason: It does work.
This article is a primer on basic information about acupuncture and how it can be an incredibly effective method for wellness. Below are the top 5 reasons to take advantage of this type of therapy:
Some don’t understand how acupuncture works.
The flow of energy in the human body can be disrupted. The result is a backup of energy in certain parts of the body and, in some cases, disease or even death. But, when a needling point is pressed, the corresponding meridian can be stimulated.
Acupuncture needles are used to remove obstructions at the dams and break up blockages within meridians, which restores a regular flow of the body’s essential functions such as digestion, absorption, energy production, and circulation.
Acupuncture is often used as a way to relieve or treat various sources of pain
Acupuncture is most well-known as a method of pain relief. In the U.S., acupuncture is most well known for injury treatments in which soft tissue damage is an issue and it shines as a primary therapy.
Acupuncture is the process of inserting thin, disposable needles that are a few inches long into painful points on your body. This stimulates nerves in an area in order to alleviate pain or reduce anxiety levels.
Acupuncture is painless!
When I tell people what I do, they always cringe and say things like “I hate needles” or “just don’t do needles.” It’s completely understandable. Most people think of needles as the large hypodermic needles they got poked with when they were a child – and that wasn’t necessarily pleasant. Acupuncture requires the use of incredibly thin needles, generally so small that they are hard to see.
It’s been around for thousands of years
Rough estimates put the age of acupuncture at between 4,000 and 5,000 years. Over the course of four or five thousand years practitioners have had a lot of time to find out what works and has been fine-tuned. In today’s modern age, acupuncture continues to evolve as scientists come closer to understanding its exact mechanisms.
Acupuncture can balance moods and emotions
Acupuncture, a therapeutic practice that involves sticking needles into the body to improve certain health conditions, has long existed as a therapy for helping people balance mental and emotional states and reduce the depression.
While Traditional Chinese Medicines describe the process as a balance of someone’s energy, we now understand it Thanks to MRI and PET scans of patients undergoing acupuncture treatment, it is known that acupuncture creates activity in some parts of the brain as well as release endorphins.
Acupuncture is safe as medical practices go. A small hematoma, or bruise, usually occurs from an acupuncture treatment when performed by a properly trained and licensed professional. The majority of these hematomas resolve within one week with no long-term consequences.