Acupuncture is a holistic health treatment which has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It first originated more than 2,500 years ago in ancient China. The practice involves the insertion of long, thin needles at specific points to stimulate the body. This triggers a natural reaction within the body that helps in dealing with pain, diseases, and symptoms of stress.
The use and popularity of acupuncture has been steadily rising in western countries over the past few decades. The procedure is relatively pain-free and is often recommended as part of a physiotherapy treatment after a musculoskeletal issue.
Here’s a list of the most commonly reported positive effects of acupuncture:
Helps Reduce Chronic Pain:
According to statistics, 1 in 10 Canadians suffers from chronic pain. A study conducted by the University Medical Center of Berlin proved acupuncture to be an effective way to treat chronic pain conditions. People who received acupuncture treatments showed a significant difference in pain compared to the group that didn’t receive any treatment. There has also been evidence linking acupuncture to reduced headaches and migraines.
Regular acupuncture has also been proven to be beneficial with regard to sleep problems such as insomnia, nocturia, vivid dreaming, restless sleeping patterns, night sweating, and light sleeping. Studies have shown that acupuncture can be even better at treating these problems than prescription drugs!
Reduction of Stress and Anxiety:
A lot of people who receive acupuncture treatments have reported improved lifestyle. Acupuncture has been known to reduce stress levels in the body and even wards of the negative effects associated with it. Research has also shown a noticeable improvement in the anxiety levels of various patients who undergo the process. It stimulates neurotransmitters within the brain, signalling them to release good hormones such as endorphins and serotonin. These hormones combat the feelings of depression and sadness, making you feel full of energy and positive vibes.
Prevents Cognitive Decline:
Recent research has shown that acupuncture has a direct effect on preventing cognitive decline that comes with age. The Thalamus and Putamen, which are directly affected by neural diseases such as Parkinson’s, benefit from acupuncture treatments.
The best part about acupuncture treatment is that there are no side-effects. It has also shown benefits for the digestion process and has been known to regulate menstrual cycles in women.
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