Acupuncture is a unique traditional Chinese medicine practice that focuses on holistic healthcare. Most of you may not want to try it out because, honestly, it does sound a bit scary to have someone poke needles all over your body. But you should keep all your fears aside and give acupuncture a shot as it rarely hurts. You may experience a dull ache or a slight tingling feeling when the needle is inserted into your body and nothing else. You should not miss out on the amazing health benefits it has to offer. Here are some of the ways acupuncture can increase the quality of your life.
1. Decreases Stress And Anxiety
In this fast-paced world, stress and anxiety are a part of almost everyone’s life. Some type of stress is actually good for you as it pushes you to do better each day so that you achieve your goals, while other kinds of stress can give you sleepless nights, cause you to pull your hair out, increase your blood pressure, and cause a wide range of health issues. Acupuncture helps keep the bad kind of stress under control by improving your blood circulation. When your overall circulation increases, your muscles and your mind start to relax. You generally become less tensed and your anxieties are lessened.
2. Reduces Aches And Pains
When you have to spend most of your time hunched in front of your computer, and when you do not get enough exercise or sunlight, you are bound to suffer from different types of aches and pains. Every now and then you may end up with back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, leg pain, and what not. So if aches and pain is a part of your life, then you should definitely give acupuncture a shot. It helps improve the overall circulation of your body decreasing inflammation, which is the general cause of most aches. It also stimulates opioids, which are your body’s natural painkillers.
3. Improves Sleep
If you suffer from insomnia, a yin and yang imbalance could be the reason behind it. You will know if your insomnia is caused by a yin and yang imbalance if you have a hard time falling asleep and an equally hard time staying asleep. You may keep waking up in the middle of the night with night sweats, hot palms and soles, and dry mouth and throat if you are deficient in yin. Since yin is cool and yang is warm, being low in yin automatically increases your yang, causing your body heat to increase at night. Acupuncture helps restore sleep by harmonizing your yin and yang.
4. Improves Digestion
If your digestion and your gut health are not on point, the rest of your body will not be able to function efficiently either. Almost 90 percent of our body’s serotonin supply, a hormone that regulates our mood, is found in our digestive tract. So if you are eating unhealthy foods that lead to inflammation in your body, you may be hampering your gut’s ability to digest and pass food and to absorb nutrients. This has a negative effect on your mood. Acupuncture can make you happier, healthier, and more energetic by decreasing digestive inflammation.
5. Increases Immunity
You are more likely to fall sick if you have a low immunity and, most of the time, you tend to treat yourself after you have fallen sick. Seldom, you take measures to prevent diseases in the first place. If you are someone who constantly falls sick, acupuncture can be very beneficial for you. It balances the overall energies of your body and strengthens your immune system, causing you to fall sick less often.