Acupuncture is a technique that involves inserting thin metal needles into the skin at precise points on the body to clear energy channels, to restore and maintain health.1 Although it may seem like a painful procedure itself, it is effective in relieving pain caused due to chemotherapy, back pain, migraine, and headaches.
This technique has been used in Chinese Traditional Medicine for thousands of years to balance Yin and Yang, which when imbalanced, can block the flow of energy. This energy flow regulates your spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance.
How Do You Know Acupuncture Is Right For You?
Here are 6 ways acupuncture can benefit you:
1. You Want To Shed Some Weight
Acupuncture is effective in helping you lose weight. It works by suppressing your appetite and improving your mood, thereby reducing the calorie intake.2 Stress is one of the major reasons for overeating. In acupuncture, the needles are used to stimulate the release of endorphins or the “feel good” hormones that reduce stress.
Pituitary gland can increase your metabolism and acupuncture can stimulate the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, which helps to boost your metabolism. It is a slow process and weight loss will take place gradually. Exercise and a proper diet can enhance its effectiveness.
2. You Are Undergoing Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy can be a painful process with side-effects like muscle pain, headache, and fatigue. By stimulating the nerves, acupuncture can reduce the symptoms of cancer and also relieve pain caused due to chemotherapy.
The release of endorphins and serotonin help you feel better by relaxing your body and relieving the pain. Additionally, it can also reduce feelings of nausea and vomiting.3
3. You Are Infertile
Acupuncture can increase your chances of conceiving. It works by balancing the hormones in the body and increasing blood flow to the endometrium, creating a thick lining in your uterus. It addresses the root cause of infertility in men and women by stimulating the hypothalamus to effectively balance the endocrine system and its hormones.
It also increases fertility by reducing stress as stress is one of the key factors for infertility in both men and women.
4. You Are Trying To Quit Smoking
If you have been smoking for a long time, quitting can be difficult. When you try to quit, the withdrawal symptoms headaches, difficulty in concentrating, and insomnia can make it hard to resist a cigarette.
Acupuncture can help you quit by reducing the effects of withdrawal symptoms and also reduces the cravings.
5. You Are Suffering From Allergies
Allergies are caused due to the abnormal reaction of your immune system. Acupuncture along with herbal medicines can be used to treat the allergic reactions and also strengthen the immune system.4
Using acupuncture for allergies can improve your overall health in addition to ensuring that the root cause of the allergic reaction is taken care of, whether it is a pollen allergy or a food allergy.
6. You Are Tired Of Conventional Medicine
If you have already tried conventional medicine and want better results, acupuncture is a good option. Acupuncture can effectively treat diseases or medical conditions that don’t require immediate treatment. If you are suffering from a serious condition, ensure that you consult your doctor before choosing any alternative therapy.
Acupuncture may not resolve the root cause of the problem but can certainly help you relieve the pain.
|↑1||Acupuncture. Harvard Health Publications.|
|↑2||Horner James. What Experts Are Saying About Acupuncture. Lulu Press, Inc, 2015.|
|↑3||Enblom, Anna, Mats Lekander, Mats Hammar, Anna Johnsson, Erik Onelöv, Martin Ingvar, Gunnar Steineck, and Sussanne Börjeson. “Getting the grip on nonspecific treatment effects: emesis in patients randomized to acupuncture or sham compared to patients receiving standard care.” PloS one 6, no. 3 (2011): e14766.|
|↑4||Hicks Rob. Allergy solutions: Tips and techniques to find relief. Infinite Ideas, 2012.|