Acupuncture has started to pick up some buzz in the world of wellness in recent years - but what exactly is it, and should you try it?
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique in which thin needles are used to stimulate certain points in the body. Treatments are relatively pain-free despite the use of needles. Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions from chronic pain and arthritis, to allergies and mood disorders.
5 Reasons You Should Try Acupuncture
Acupuncture can reduce back pain - Many studies have shown that acupuncture increases endorphin levels in the body. Endorphins act as natural painkillers. 5 weeks of twice weekly acupuncture treatments has been found to relieve back pain for up to six months.
Acupuncture can improve your quality of sleep - Acupuncture increases the production of neurotransmitters associated with relaxation and sleep, helping restless sleepers and insomniacs sleep better. Studies have shown acupuncture to be more effective than sleep medications, with no negative side effects.
Acupuncture lowers stress levels and boosts your mood - Acupuncture has been effective in treating depression, has been shown to lower stress hormones by calming the nervous system and regulate serotonin in the brain, which positively affects your mood.
Acupuncture boosts the immune system - Correctly placed needles can stimulate your body’s immune cells that seek out and destroy infections in the body. In addition, lowered stress levels and improved sleep will help your body better defend itself against future infections.
Acupuncture can increase energy levels - While immediately after an acupuncture treatment you may feel relaxed, longterm use of acupuncture has shown to improve energy and lead to an enhanced sense of wellbeing.
If you are dealing with any of the conditions listed above, I encourage you to consider this safe, effective holistic practice when choosing a longterm treatment plan.