An Age Old Holistic Helper
Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that is practiced by the insertion of very thin needles into the skin at strategic points. For the Chinese, it is a treatment that evolved to align the body and mind and to regulate the flow of energy through the body, creating balance that increases the quality of life and the pain felt by those undergoing the treatment. Many Western practitioners cite their success with acupuncture for other reasons. The needles help to stimulate the production of the body’s natural pain reducing substances and increase the blood flow through the body which can stimulate nerves and muscles and create a more relaxed – or at least less painful – life. Many who have used the treatment swear by it as a means to help the reduction of their pain, chronic or otherwise, and celebrities like Gwen Stefani are often seen going to clinics to receive this ancient form of holistic care.
Where Did it Come From?
Acupuncture like many traditional Chinese medicines originated in ancient times – in this case, about 3,000 years ago. It was developed as a system to keep the spiritual elements Yin and Yang in balance, which the Chinese believed was the secret to a healthy life free of illness. The early practitioners believed that through acupuncture they could channel the movement of energy through pathways in the body to keep the two opposing forces in balance. Since then it has been practiced in most of the world for all different reasons. Eastern countries like Japan, Korea, and Taiwan have also adopted the practice of acupuncture as a routine treatment and as a result its popularity has soared. Acupuncture didn’t become popular as a routine form of healthcare and wellness in Western countries until about 1970.
What Types of Pain Can It Help?
Because of its stimulating properties, acupuncture can be used to treat all kinds of disorders, aches, pains, and maladies regardless of what part of the body is causing you issue. So long as it’s being performed professionally, acupuncture is considered a safe treatment for your troubles. There are three hundred and sixty five acupoints – pressure points associated with other parts of the body where the needles are inserted – on your body that an experienced professional can use to help relieve your discomfort. For the highest percentage of users, acupuncture is used to relieve back pain. As for the other type of pain it treats? The list is endless, but here’s a few to get you started:
-Headaches or migraines
If you don’t suffer from any type of pain, acupuncture still might be a holistic alternative to treat some of your other ailments and illnesses. Acupuncture has been used to treat various diseases and disorders such as illnesses of the ear, nose, and throat. It has been used to improve impaired vision, to relieve the discomfort of a sore throat, and to decrease ringing in the ears. It can also be used to help combat the negative effects of circulatory disorders like anemia. While acupuncture alone may not be enough, talking to your primary healthcare provider about complementary alternative medicine could make a big difference. Here’s a few other problems acupuncture might help you with:
-High Blood Pressure
-Gastrointestinal Disorders like IBS, Colitis, Gastritis, or Hemorrhoids
-Immune Disorders like Lupus, Hepatitis, or MS
-Quitting drugs, alcohol, or smoking.
-Anxiety or depression.