The Truth About Acupuncture and How it Can Help You.
Many people can’t help but shudder when they hear the word “acupuncture.” They think of needles and pain and refuse to take the time to understand how it works. There are more truths than myths to the benefits of having acupuncture as part of your health regimen. Those who have incorporated it into their routine have reaped its benefits. What are those benefits?
Let’s start out by stating that the World Health Organization has recognized acupuncture as a treatment option for over 50 distinctive health issues. These issues include arthritis, insomnia, stress, high blood pressure, drug addiction, migraines, weight loss and general pain. This small list is just a taste of the benefits that acupuncture can offer you. Also, many of the conditions that acupuncture treats are conditions, like tinnitus and asthma, which can be difficult to treat by the use of conventional medicine.
How is this possible?
Acupuncture works by stimulating the peripheral nervous system. With this stimulation, acupuncture can promote or even change blood flow, stimulate the body’s healing mechanisms, and release endorphins and other chemicals that work as our body’s natural painkillers.
Myth: Acupuncture Hurts
Fact: Though needles are used, acupuncture needles are very fine. Many patients often feel little to no pain. If they do experience pain, the acupuncturist will alleviate any discomfort by adjusting the needles.
Myth: Acupuncture is an Illegitimate form of Medicine
Fact: Acupuncture has been recognized as a valid treatment option by the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization alike. Not only does the National Institutes of Health recognize acupuncture as a legitimate form of treatment but it funds clinical trials on acupuncture with the hopes of discovering more uses for it.
Myth: Acupuncture can Conflict with Current Medical Treatments
Fact: Acupuncture complements conventional medicine – consider it a supplementary treatment to your current health regimen.
Acupuncture is not only a virtually painless treatment, but it can also do wonders for alleviating the pain you may be experiencing inside and out. Whether you are content with your current health regimen or are frustrated with the conventional treatment you have been given, acupuncture is a great addition to or alternative for your current treatment.
If you have any questions as to whether acupuncture can assist you with your current health needs or not, feel free to contact Access to Health at (860) 889-1475 to schedule a consultation. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you!