10 Chronic Ailments Where Acupuncture Works Best
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Acupuncture treatment takes a holistic approach to prevent, diagnose, and treat a variety of health conditions, thus improving our general health and overall sense of well-being. Using ultra thin sterile needles to clear energy blockages throughout the body, acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural self-healing process.
The health benefits of acupuncture can extend to a wide variety of conditions, from emotional disorders (anxiety, depression) to treating autoimmune diseases and pain syndromes due to an injury or chronic degenerative diseases. It has also been proven to help with weight loss and smoking cessation!
Here are 10 amazing benefits of acupuncture treatment to boost your health and prevent you from catching unwanted illnesses.
Treating Autoimmune Diseases With Acupuncture
Multiple sclerosis involves wind or dampness-based symptoms (paralysis, bloating, muscle weakness). Acupuncture provides relief by restoring body balance and minimizing the frequency of symptoms. Lupus is triggered by yang or toxic heat that overstimulates the immune system. Acupuncture clears heat and nourishes yin, reinstating the yin-yang balance of the body.
Our body’s hypersensitivity to environmental substances (like pollen, mold spores) causes allergies. Membranes lining our nose (allergic rhinitis) and eyelids (allergic conjunctivitis) are affected. Deficiency in Wei Qi (protective energy sheath) increases susceptibility to allergens. Acupuncture restores energy balance in the body, relieving allergic rhinitis. Herbal diets are often part of this treatment.
For chronic shoulder pain that is unresponsive to conventional treatments, acupuncture may be the miracle cure. It aims at minimizing inflammation, increasing blood flow, and reducing pain by stimulating natural pain-killers—opioid and adenosine. Acupuncture needles are injected into distal parts (not the target painful areas) so that further discomfort and pain is not caused.
Common injuries that can be treated by acupuncture are Shin Splints, Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendinitis, Low Back Pain, Knee Pain, IT Band Syndrome. If you are suffering from any of these, you should consider acupuncture and trigger point dry needling as a non-invasive treatment that gives your body the tools it needs to heal itself.
Acupuncture regulates blood pressure by exploiting a complex system known as the neuroendocrine system, which is composed of the endocrine system and the intricate working relationship it has with the nervous system. One of the major contributors to high blood pressure is an overactive sympathetic nervous system (SNS). When the SNS becomes over-stimulated or dominant, it can cause vasoconstriction of the arteries in the heart; thereby inducing a hypertensive state. Studies show that one of the mechanisms by which acupuncture lowers blood pressure is by down-regulating the SNS.
A research suggests that acupuncture could be a viable option to treat depression. Apart from being the alternative medication for depression, acupuncture is also said to help treat the medications’ side effects. In the case of chronic anxiety and depression, acupuncture and naturopathic medicine provide excellent strategies and tools for effectively treating both, and for supporting patients in working with their underlying stress.
Apart from offering relaxation and detoxification, acupuncture is proven to be a successful treatment to oust the smoking cessation among the ones who are quitting. It will also focus on taking care of the cravings, irritability and restlessness that most smokers often face when they are trying to quit smoking. Also acupuncture has added benefits like better sleep, good mood and more.
Acupuncture can be an effective aid to weight loss. But, it still takes focus on eating healthy and incorporating regular exercise into the weight loss plan. So, if you have decided to use acupuncture as an aid to losing weight, check out the following guidelines to have the best opportunity to succeed with acupuncture.
Su-Jok literally stands for ‘hands and feet’ – it is an easy way to combat pain, and it only requires your ability to feel pain, and something to help you push through those points in your hand and feet that correspond to an affected part of your body. Watch the following interesting video which simplifies the wonderful medical science called Su-Jok.
The ancient science of Auriculotherapy works with the external ear and represents an interesting form of therapy – reflexotherapy, to be exact – quite similar to acupuncture. It includes the use of tiny needles (similar to acupuncture), the patient’s ear, and the ear’s key points. There are more than 200 biologically active points in the ear, and they are called acupoints. When these sterile needles come in contact with an acupoint, it unblocks and balances the energy channels corresponding to the specific organ.
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