Updated: Nov 26, 2019
Acupuncture is a recommended therapy for those suffering from autoimmune, chronic pain, acute pain, and complex conditions, but there are a number of reasons to get acupuncture if you don't have a severe condition. This article covers the top ten reasons to seek acupuncture treatment.
1. Pain Relief
Acupuncture works to not only change how the brain perceives pain, but it treats the root causes of painful symptoms by correcting the flow of energy in the body and initiating the body’s own healing response (even in long-standing cases). Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of arthritis, back pain, headaches, joint pain, injuries, and many other painful symptoms.
2. Blissful Feelings
Why do so many people love acupuncture? Because it releases natural happy-hormones! Putting you into the parasympathetic state with acupuncture induces the body’s healing response. This, in turn, releases serotonin and other pain relieving and mood-boosting hormones. Often, people report feeling ‘an overwhelming sense of wellbeing’ after receiving a treatment.
3. Great Sleep
Acupuncture can treat a number of sleep disorders, like trouble falling asleep, waking up frequently, waking up in a panic, waking early, trouble falling back asleep, etc. But even if you don’t have sleep issue, acupuncture can improve your quality of sleep.
4. Stress Relief
Chinese Medicine views stress as stuck energy within the body. Specific points are used to invigorate the qi (energy), inducing a dispersing effect. When the energy is flowing freely, stress and pain melt away. With proper diagnostics, acupuncture can be extremely effective in treating anxiety as well.
5. Improve Circulation
Yes, acupuncture lowers high blood pressure! It dilates the blood vessels and promotes circulation. This is also why it is useful to treat Reynaud's, A fib, and other circulatory conditions.
6. Optimize Digestion
Your tummy might rumble during acupuncture treatment. This is a good thing. When your body is in the parasympathetic state, the brain state of healing, it gives your body time to catch up with digestion. We can target digestive issues with acupuncture, but even as a side effect in treatment for another condition, the digestive system benefits.
7. Weight Loss and Addiction
There are certain acupuncture protocols to cut cigarette cravings, overeating, sugar cravings, and even treat alcohol and narcotic withdrawal. These protocols usually involve needles placed in specific points in the ear. If you are going through a big change in your life, acupuncture can help the body cope and adapt to these changes.
8. Energy Boost and Mental Clarity
Although you might have 'treatment brain' immediately after acupuncture, energy spikes are expected hours and sometimes days after treatment. People who get acupuncture regularly are shown to make less mistakes in cognitive tasks. The U.S. Navy Seals have recently implemented acupuncture because it helps induce mental clarity, performance enhancement, and reduced recovery time from physically exhausting operations.
9. Emotional Healing
Emotional issues and past trauma energy can get lodged in the body and manifest as pain. Recurring muscle knots and long standing pain usually need an energetic release that acupuncture can provide. Sometimes, people have an emotional release such as crying or laughing hysterically during treatment. Sometimes muscles twitch or shake. These are signs of an energetic release. Other times, there is no physical sign, but the emotional component receives healing.
10. Learn Something New About Yourself
Chinese Medicine Theory is such an ancient and beautiful medicine. Through diagnostics and treatment, patients learn a lot about themselves. Where is the energy stuck? What in your life is contributing to imbalance? What does your tongue and pulse say about your overall constitution? If you're open to it, a trained Chinese Medicine Practitioner can tell you things you probably never knew about yourself.