Acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular in this country, but it is a practice that has been used for thousands of years. It is believed to have been first used in the ancient Chinese culture to cure many illnesses and diseases. It involves the placement of needles under the skin at various points throughout the body. The depth and placement of the needles is dependent on the specific condition being treated. Although, no one can quite explain exactly how this procedure works so effectively, the results from study after study cannot be denied.
In fact, WHO (World Health Organization) lists more than 25 health conditions that acupuncture has been clinically proven to be an effective treatment for, and rates dozens of other conditions with a high probability of being effective. To understand a little better about the numerous benefits of acupuncture, here is a list of the most common health problems that acupuncture has shown success at treating.
Acupuncture has been clinically proven to help improve one’s mood, by treating the symptoms of depression. It can also help to reduce moderate to severe stress and anxiety. The combination of these factors will certain help to improve one’s mood, especially those people who struggle with mental and emotional health disorders.
Reduction of pain for a wide range of healthy issues is an additional benefit of acupuncture. It is known to help alleviate lower back, neck, knee, and facial pain, as well as, pain associated with dental work. It can also diminish the pain from severe headaches and migraines, and can minimize the pain connected to tennis elbow, rheumatic arthritis and periarthritis of the shoulder.
Diminish Side Effects
The ability to diminish side effects experience with various medical conditions and treatments is perhaps the most valuable benefits of acupuncture today. Patients who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy can use acupuncture to alleviate some of the unpleasant side effect of these treatments, such as vomiting, nausea and upset stomach. Acupuncture is also effective with helping pregnant women find relief from morning sickness, and has been associated with helping to relieve women’s pain associated with their menstrual cycle, including dysmenorrhea.
Treat High and Low Blood Pressure
Clinical studies have also showed the benefits of acupuncture at helping to treat both high and low blood pressure. This is a common alternative treatment when medication is not effective or the patient does not want to or cannot take prescribed medication.
Relieve Stomach and Digestion Problems
Stomach and digestive problems can also be treated through acupuncture when many other treatment options have failed to prove successful. This treatment has been used for a variety of medical conditions, such as a peptic ulcer, gastritis, gastrospasm and dysentery, as well as, many other internal health issues.
It is plain to see that acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of health and emotional disorders. It can be administered with very little, if any, side effects if performed by a specialist. Some medical insurance companies do not always covered acupuncture treatments under their policies, but it is a good idea to always check before scheduling an appointment. You should always check with your primary care physician before starting any new treatment program.