Acupuncture Benefits: 5 Health Areas You Can Replace Drugs With Needles

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Let’s face it.

Acupuncture is a mystery. Placing needles on certain areas on the body and waiting for the magic to happen, is too good to be true.

Considering acupuncture, raises many questions. Is it safe? What are the risks? I don’t want to waste my hard earned money, if it’s not effective. What are the acupuncture benefits?

The fear of the unknown takes over you, and you remain skeptical about acupuncture.

The brilliant debut

In 1972 President Nixon opened the doors to China. A New York Times journalist James Reston who accompanied him, had an appendectomy with acupuncture used as surgical anesthesia and to relieve post-operative pain.

Returning back J. Reston wrote an article for New York Times describing his experience with acupuncture, which made it known to the Western World.

Years passed, hundreds of studies were performed, and millions of dollars were spent, all in the effort to find the devil in the details. Still, there is no clear verdict about the effectiveness of acupuncture. The conclusion is “It works, we just don’t know why”.

There is no mystery in acupuncture

According to TCM any health condition is an indication of imbalance inside the body. Find the cause, treat it, and you’re done. It’s as simple as that. Isn’t it?

Well, it’s not.

Acupuncture is not a quick fix. It involves commitment from your side. A balanced lifestyle is recommended that includes at least 6 hours of sleep at night, healthy diet, drinking more water and avoiding deep fried food.

This harmonizes the correct functioning of the entire body system triggering the body’s self-repairing mechanism.

From here all the amazing benefits flow.

Acupuncture for cosmetic benefits

Aging is not a disease, though you can’t stop the aging process.

Acupuncture treats the body from the inside, which leads to multiple positive changes in your body and lifestyle that may slow down the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores.

Acupuncture will not achieve the dramatic effects of treatments like Botox, collagen or cosmetic surgery, but it’s safer, no scars and other potential undesired side effects are expected.

Acupuncture alone is not able to hold your skin glowing, healthy and radiant, if you don’t take care of yourself.

Acupuncture benefits for skin conditions

Your skin is a reflection of what’s going on in your body. According to Chinese medicine, when a chronic condition affects the skin, it’s an indication that the person’s general health has been compromised for quite a long time.

Acne, eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea, are all skin conditions, which creates discomfort and stress upon your appearance. The cause may be a result of hormonal changes, emotions, improper diet, and other lifestyle factors.

Determining the cause of the underlying disease acupuncture will strengthen digestion and immunity, reduce heat and move stagnant energy. These changes inside your body will rebalance the body, and ensure that the skin condition is resolved effectively.

Acupuncture benefits for emotional disorders

Headaches, stress, insomnia, depression and anxiety are all emotional demons. These mental disorders can trigger a host of unexpected feelings and behaviors, from the overwhelming depression to panic attacks to major disruption of sleep and eating.

In TCM each emotion corresponds to the vibration of a specific organ.

Worry affects the Spleen
Anger affects the Liver
Fear affects the Kidneys
Joy affects the Heart
Sadness affects the Lungs and Heart
Shock affects the Kidney and Heart

Emotions become causes of disease only when they are excessive or prolonged, or both. Excessive emotion will alter the balance of the internal organs and the harmony of your yin and yang.

On one hand, emotional stress injures the internal organs, and on the other hand, disharmony of the internal organs causes emotional imbalance.

A regular acupuncture course can be just as effective as taking antidepressant. It calms down the emotional state allowing the body to rest and heal.

Acupuncture benefits for pregnancy

When the fruit is ready, it will fall of the vine …

To help a woman with delivery it’s better to have acupuncture treatments before giving birth. It keeps a mother’s body open and strong so that when the baby is ready, it is easy to get labor going naturally and progress smoothly. Otherwise, labor will not occur if the mother or child’s body is not prepared.

Acupuncture benefits for pain

The best achievements acupuncture has in pain relief.

There are two ways acupuncture seems to relieve pain. First, it is very clear that acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers. They are produced naturally by the body, so they have no side effects. There is also evidence that acupuncture acts on the nervous system by blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain.

For acute conditions, such as injuries, permanent pain relief often results after only a small number of treatments. For chronic conditions, progress is slower but progressive. After a series of treatments, some patients are pain free and stay that way. Others may need periodic follow-up treatments so manage the pain in a drug-free way.

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Comments

  1. Hi Ion,

    Great post on acupuncture. I was always afraid of getting it (minor fear of needles) but the more I read about it, the more I would like to try it. Your article was interesting and taught me a good bit about it. I appreciate that, thanks!

    • I totally understand you. Those tiny needles that go under your skin, it’s always associated with pain. However, pain always comes from the brain.

      When your mind is ready to accept acupuncture, give it a try.

  2. I am with Jamie on this one Ion. I panic over needles. however I know of many people it has worked for. Deep massage is the only form of holistic treatment that works for a worrying stress ball like me. A lovely article though.

    • Deep tissue massage is my favorite too. In the end we choose any treatments we enjoy as preventive care.

      Thanks Anie!

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