Acupuncture is considered to be one of the most widely used alternative medicines in the world. Originating as a traditional practice of Chinese medicine, it involves penetrating the skin with small needles at specific points on the body, with the purpose of stimulating certain nerve endings. Acupuncture has reaped many health benefits such as relief from arthritis, insomnia, migraines, nausea and chronic pain.
People often wonder how acupuncture is used to treat certain conditions, so here are some of the health benefits that come with the treatment.
Reduces Chronic Pain
Acupuncture has been reported to reduce pain up to 15 percent when used for different types of pain, but especially with chronic pain that was caused by physical stress, bad sleeping habits, old injuries, pregnancy etc.
Arthritis is a disease that affects countless people around the world, and unfortunately, there are not many modern medicines that will cure it in the long term. Instead, most people must constantly take powerful medicine to relieve joint pain. Acupuncture offers an alternative option for reducing the painful effects of arthritis.
For acupuncture, it is believed that there are 20 meridians (energy channels) in the body that allow for a flow of natural body energy (called qi). These meridians correspond to key nerve endings throughout the body that act as receptors for impulses from different parts of the body such as knees, backs, joints, temples etc. By inserting fine needles into these ‘meridians,’ your nerve endings will transmit messages to the brain saying that your muscles feel aching, which will cause the release of endorphins. The endorphins, combined with the normal neurotransmitters that affect those nerve impulses might be able to stop the pain that is associated with arthritis.
Acupuncture has been associated with the relief of headaches and migraines in terms of pain level and frequency. Needles placed around the face, neck, and scalp has been associated with a decrease in pain in headaches/migraines. Also, acupuncture has been proven to alleviate neck pain which contributes to tense muscles and headaches.
Prevents Nausea and Vomiting
Another thing that acupuncture can help with is to prevent nausea and vomiting. This was found out when a particular acupuncture pressure point located on the underside of the forearm, near the wrist, is stimulated, will be able to reduce the feeling of nausea (which can induce vomiting).
Minimizes Heartburn and Indigestion
Doing routine acupuncture therapy has been proven to help reduce the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion, which allows those who are afflicted to use fewer antacids.
Acupuncture can reduce the frequency of insomnia for a lot of people because it increases the secretion of a chemical called nocturnal melatonin, which helps aid and induces sleep. It has been reported that over a span of five weeks, regular acupuncture decreased the presence and effects of insomnia to those afflicted.
There are many treatments that acupuncture can aid with. Those mentioned above are just the main reasons why acupuncture is used. It is one of the few procedures that can help with the body and is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy while reducing pain in affected areas of the body.