When someone says “acupuncture”, it’s likely that the first thing that comes to your mind is dozens of needles sticking out of someone’s body, and that image might make you shudder. This can be pretty intimidating to someone who has never tried acupuncture before, understandably, because who likes being stuck with needles? But there are a whole host of benefits when it comes to acupuncture, and there’s really no reason to be afraid of the needles.
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine. The Chinese believe that we all have an energy called “Chi” that flows through our bodies along pathways called meridians. Illnesses are a result of having a block or imbalance in your Chi. The purpose of acupuncture is to restore the balance and flow of your Chi along the meridians. The needles are inserted at specific points and depths to help restore the flow, based on your particular symptoms.
Most commonly, acupuncture is used to treat pain. An individual may feel that their pain is not adequately being managed by medication or may have the desire to treat their pain without medication. Acupuncture is a great alternative to the typical pain management methods used by physicians.
However, pain management isn’t the only benefit of acupuncture. More and more studies and personal experiences are revealing a wide variety of ailments that can be treated by acupuncture. Some include nausea, stroke rehabilitation, headaches/migraines, fibromyalgia, lower back pain, asthma, drug addiction, anxiety, depression, and stress management to name a few.
If you are tired of trying new medications to manage your conditions, you should consider going to an acupuncturist. Acupuncture is safe and effective and could be the start of a brand new life for you!