What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Taken from an article written by BAM MAG NI about Trish O’ Hara (The Acupuncturist).
10 Ways Acupuncture Could Change Your Life
Acupuncturist and acupressure Shiatsu practitioner Trish O’ Hara has over 15 years experience and is the owner of The Acupuncturist. She says: “Acupuncture works by bringing your body back into a healthy balance. It strengthens the immune system while acting as a powerful pain reliever, and can be used for musculoskeletal problems, fertility, women’s health, mental health, migraines, and both chronic and acute conditions.”
Improve chronic pain
Clinical trials have shown that acupuncture can be very effective at reducing pain. It is a natural way to alleviate chronic pain from conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis and chronic back/neck problems without the need for heavy medications.
It feels good…and isn’t painful!
Unlike some treatments, acupuncture is relatively pain-free! In fact, when carried out by an experienced practitioner, most people find the experience deeply relaxing and enjoyable due to the release of endorphins during treatment.
Reduce headaches and migraines
For those who suffer from regular headaches or migraines, a course of acupuncture could significantly alleviate symptoms, reduce their frequency or even eliminate them altogether, studies suggest.
A large study found that, in patients who were taking medications or herbal treatments to help them sleep, adding acupuncture therapy showed better effects than taking the medications or herbs alone. More importantly, this was achieved without any side effects.
Acupuncture can increase immunity, which is vital for long-term conditions, recovery from surgery or serious illness, and overall health and well-being. The National Cancer Institute have conducted several studies that show acupuncture’s positive effects on immunity and its benefits in helping people speed up recovery following cancer treatments.
Alleviate anxiety and depression
Due to its ability to stimulate your body back into balance, acupuncture can be extremely helpful in dealing with anxiety, depression and even age-related cognitive decline symptoms.
Reduce medication use
Since acupuncture is a gentle, natural treatment, it is not taxing on the body – in fact, quite the opposite is true. It instigates its natural ability to heal itself, so certain medications may be able to be reduced or even eliminated. This greatly reduces the pressure of medication side effects on the body, which can themselves contribute to certain mental and physical health conditions.
Ease pregnancy symptoms and labor
Studies have shown that acupuncture can ease pregnancy related symptoms as well as reduce the pain and anxiety of labor. A few treatments before the birth could significantly benefit labor and reduce stress surrounding the experience.
Acupuncture has been shown to balance many aspects of our physiology, including hormones, which form the basis of much of out mental, emotional and physical problems. It can help bring a sense of ease, calm and focus back into our lives through its relaxing and balancing effects.
Most importantly, there are no side effects and acupuncture is a safe treatment. Just make sure you find a qualified and experienced practitioner before you book a treatment.