6 unusual benefits of acupuncture

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Alternative Health | 0 comments

6 unusual benefits of acupuncture

Falling under the scope of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is the positioning of thin, sterile needles into the body. These are then stimulated by hand or electrically, to restore the body’s natural energy (Qi) flow.

Acupuncture is generally used to treat chronic pain and headaches. It can also be used in the treatment of many other conditions as well.

Let’s take a look at some unusual benefits of this type of alternative treatment.

Treatment for depression

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, depression is a problem with the energy (Qi) flow around the body. The liver, spleen and heart all play a role in the circulation of Qi. The liver is the main organ responsible for this.

A 2013 study showed that electro acupuncture was just as effective in treating patients with depression, as fluoxetine (the generic name for Prozac).

Acupuncture has also shown to ease the side effects of anti-depressant medication.

Treatment for insomnia

Acupuncture sessions have no negative side effects at all, making it a useful treatment for insomnia.

In 2009 the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine conducted a study that showed beneficial results in reducing insomnia symptoms.

They also found that patients who were receiving medication or herbal treatments in addition to acupuncture, showed more improvement than those who were only taking the medication or herbs.

Can aid in preventing cognitive decline

In 2002 a study was done by the Department of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Researchers found that, of the 20 Parkinson’s patients treated with 16 sessions of acupuncture, 85 percent reported improvements in their:

  • tremors,
  • handwriting,
  • walking,
  • slowness,
  • pain and
  • depression.

Acupuncture generates a neural response in the areas of the brain affected by Parkinson’s disease, for example. This stimulation is believed to relieve age-related cognitive decline symptoms.

Helps with cancer and chemotherapy recovery

According to the National Cancer Institute, studies have shown that patients receiving acupuncture treatment, found relief from the side effects of chemotherapy.

Several studies also showed that acupuncture helped to:

  • boost the patients’ immunity,
  • prevented a decrease in healthy cells following radiation or chemotherapy, and
  • enhanced platelet count.

Improving fertility

A German study conducted in 2002 showed that patients receiving treatment before and after IVF (in vitro fertilization) showed a 50 percent increase in success rates, when measured against the control group who only received IVF.

Acupuncture also increases blood flow to the reproductive organs, reduces stress and balances the endocrine system, creating a stronger opportunity for an egg to be fertilized and carried to term.

Treatment for morning sickness

Understandably, many women are afraid to take medication in the early stages of pregnancy, because they don’t want to jeopardize the fetus in any way. This is where an alternative treatment like this, can play an important role!

Studies show that acupuncture can effectively help to ease nausea and vomiting which some people experience with pregnancy, without any adverse side effects.

You can also treat heartburn and hemorrhoids in the second and third trimesters, making it an all-round wonderful treatment to help women through a difficult pregnancy.

Since there are no side effects to acupuncture treatment, give it a try to determine whether it can help to ease any of these conditions. You have nothing to lose!

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