9 Impressive Health Benefits of Acupuncture
by AZ Pain Doctors, on Feb 11, 2021 2:32:44 PM
If you've never tried acupuncture, you might be worried that it will hurt. Ironically, pain relief is one of the many benefits of acupuncture.
We know, it still seems a little scary. Funnily enough, acupuncture also helps relieve anxiety and stress.
Perhaps, now, you're worried about infection? Don't be.
We make sure the needles are completely sterilized. (And, of course, acupuncture strengthens your immune system to fight off infections, too.)
So, do you have any other objections? Whatever they are, we're pretty sure acupuncture solves those as well.
If you don't believe us, see for yourself! The following is a list of 9 awesome health benefits of acupuncture that you may not know about. Before you think up any more naysay, consider these amazing acupuncture benefits.
1. Pain Relief
One of the most evidence-backed benefits of acupuncture is pain relief. It's especially effective at relieving pain in one's neck, back, and joints. It can even reduce pain from certain types of arthritis.
Acupuncture is also good for reducing the severity and frequency of headaches. This includes tension headaches and migraines.
2. Stress Relief
Acupuncture enthusiasts often report on the stress-relieving qualities of this treatment. Specifically, it reduces stress-causing hormones as well as physical tension. That's why it's so effective for treating tension-induced headaches and shoulder, neck, and back pain.
Besides that, you can see that there's a whole list of benefits that result from regular acupuncture treatment. This ancient practice has been used to treat hundreds of symptoms for thousands of years. Getting relief from these other symptoms also relieves you from all the stress they cause in your life.
3. Mood Improvement
Lowering your stress also means improving your mood and reducing stress-bourne mental illness. Acupuncture patients should definitely see a reduction in depression and anxiety symptoms.
After the treatment, you feel generally more at peace. That's because acupuncture stimulates your central nervous system, triggering the release of endorphins and other mood-boosting chemicals.
4. Sleep Improvement
Speaking of chemical releases, acupuncture also stimulates the production of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that governs our sleep patterns.
When we have enough of it in our bodies, we fall asleep easily and rest well all night. But unhealthy habits and lifestyle choices can inhibit our bodies' production of melatonin.
This lowers the quality of sleep we get and causes us to develop sleep disorders like insomnia. Ultimately, this leads to a plethora of other health problems.
Fortunately, acupuncture jumpstarts your melatonin production. It's like hitting the reset button on your sleep health. After that, though, it's up to you to keep healthy sleep habits.
5. Relief From Allergies
Acupuncture is also used to treat both seasonal and year-round allergies. Besides reducing the severity of allergy symptoms, it works to strengthen your body against allergic reactions.
Thus, for seasonal allergies, this treatment works best if you start it before your allergy season. That is, if you strengthen your body ahead of time, it will be ready when allergy season hits.
6. Improved Immune System
Since the COVID-19 epidemic started, most of us have been looking for anything we can do to boost our immune systems. But you probably didn't think to try acupuncture.
Acupuncture strengthens the body in its fight against pathogens and infections. And it can help you heal faster than normal.
It can even help those whose immune system is overactive. This is good because an overactive immune system can cause you to develop certain autoimmune diseases. Acupuncture helps regulate your immune system so that it performs optimally.
7. Improved Digestion
You're probably starting to notice a pattern, here. What acupuncture does for your immune system, it does for most of your bodily systems. That is, it stimulates the various systems of your body and gets them working the way they're supposed to.
This is true of your digestive system as well. And that's not all.
Digestion in particular is one system that's very closely linked to your overall health. In other words, the state of your digestive system heavily affects how your other bodily systems work and vise versa.
Acupuncture should help with any digestive/gastrointestinal problems you're having. Plus, it should take care of any underlying problems that are causing your digestive issues as well.
8. Increased Physical and Mental Energy
Two of the biggest factors that influence your energy levels are mood and digestive issues. And, as mentioned, acupuncture improves both of these.
We've also described how acupuncture stimulates your nervous system, relieves physical tension and mental stress, and helps you sleep better. Add all this up and the results are a clear head and increased energy.
9. Improved Circulation
It should come as no surprise that poking needles into your skin stimulates blood flow. What's even better is that it does so without the unwanted side effects you might experience with other treatments, like blood pressure medication.
The circulatory benefits of acupuncture include lowered blood pressure and a stronger, healthier heart. Since your blood is what delivers oxygen to all your bodily systems, this will greatly improve your overall health.
Are You Ready to Experience the Benefits of Acupuncture Firsthand?
Wow, all those health benefits of acupuncture sure sound amazing, don't they? The problem is, they're not going to do you any good if all you do is read about them.
So, come on in and try acupuncture for yourself! Or, at least come in for a consultation so you can learn more. Please contact AZ Pain Doctors if you have any questions or click here to schedule an appointment.