Here’s a little secret: You don’t have to exhaust every other option for getting rid of pain and tension before trying acupuncture. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) methods like acupuncture have been around for thousands of years, much longer than western medicine. Multiple streams of research have proven the effectiveness of acupuncture for relieving aches and pains. Aside from being effective for a broad range of ailments, there are other reasons you should visit an acupuncturist today:
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No two patients are alike. Because of this fact, a professional acupuncturist will never help two people the same way. Unlike modern medicine, TCM and acupuncture help the person, not the illness. Acupuncturists will listen to your concerns, as well as get clues from your physical condition, such as your voice, skin quality, and eye clarity. They will listen to your story then use this information to figure out the best way to help your body. That’s why acupuncture can help you find relief when cookie-cutter solutions have failed in the past.
There’s Nothing To Fear
Thousands of people fear needles or the imagined pricks, and so they stay far away from the acupuncture table. However, most people will feel nothing at all during the needle’s insertion, because they are almost as thin as a single strand of hair. Any sensation is temporary and followed by a soothing warm as your body starts to circulate pain-relieving hormones.
Again, if you’re afraid of needles, talk to your local acupuncturist. They will be able to accommodate your worries and show you that acupuncture is perfectly safe.
Positive Side Effects
Unlike many facets of modern medicine, like medications that have horrendous side effects that call for more drugs for relief, acupuncture has positive, lasting effects on the body. Apart from pain relief and a release of endorphins, you will find that your stress level drops, your sleep quality improves, you have better digestion, and that your mood remains elevated throughout the day. You may also have more energy.
Improved Body Functions
As we started talking about above, acupuncture can help soothe digestive problems. While most conditions can be fixed with a change in diet, some problems, like Crohn’s or colitis can be chronic, even with lifestyle changes and medication. The increased circulation around the points of insertion can soothe gastrointestinal issues like heartburn, irritable colon, diarrhoea, constipation, and general abdominal pain, including what stems from PMS and menstruation.
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. It would not have lasted this long if it didn’t work or have positive effects on the body. While science is still trying to determine why acupuncture works, there is one thing that is certain: the ability of the needles to stimulate the limbic system and autonomic nervous system bring forth beneficial responses in the body that help relieve acute and chronic conditions. You have nothing to lose but pain and tension, so why not give acupuncture a try today?