People who suffer from chronic pain can sometimes benefit from the
ancient practice of acupuncture. The Chinese have used this form of
treatment for centuries, but western medicine is just getting
around to recognizing it as a viable tool to treat pain.
Rather than treating pain with mind-altering drugs, results have
shown that the techniques used in acupuncture have a higher degree
of success when administered properly. It works by targeting
certain trigger points of pain. By gently inserting thin needles
into these trigger points of the nervous system, the pain is
Highly trained acupuncturists study these trigger points and know
exactly where to insert the needles to gain the most relief.
According to Chinese medicine, there are over 2,000 puncture points
within the body, and channels that run in between. When needles are
placed at one end of the channel where the pain originates, the
pain is lessened.
It’s believed that when the acupuncture needles are inserted at
the trigger points they release endorphins and other natural
painkillers. Studies have also shown that after an acupuncture
treatment, glucose and some bloodstream chemicals vital to the
immune system are elevated.
Acupuncture isn’t painful – in fact some patients take a nap
during the treatments. The needles are extremely thin and patients
usually don’t feel them being inserted. Where the needles are
inserted depends on where the pain is located in your body. For
example, if you’re experiencing knee pain, the needles may be
inserted in the toe, arm and certain areas of the face.
Serious illnesses such as fibromyalgia, stomach cramps, carpal
tunnel syndrome and shingles can all be treated by acupuncture with
positive results. Sometimes acupuncture is used successfully in
conjunction with other treatments for serious illnesses like cancer.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to other forms of
treatment that uses drugs and harmful chemicals. It’s a holistic
method that will promote the natural healing of the body by
releasing endorphins and producing natural steroids.
Natural healing methods can be much more effective than drugs, and
rather than masking the pain, helps to relieve it naturally. If
you suffer from chronic pain, give acupuncture a chance. It can
augment other treatments that you might be taking and will give you
a sense of well-being.
Happy trails to you. Until next time!
All the best,
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