Acupuncture is a natural treatment that has originated from China around 2500 years ago. As a part of holistic healing, acupuncture aims to achieve balance in one’s body.
This healing technique involves the insertion of numerous needles throughout the person’s skin. Surprisingly, although we may immediately associate the pricking of needles with pain, acupuncture does not hurt at all; as a matter of fact, many claims that this healing technique is quite effective in relieving pain.
Acupuncture can have many health benefits. What makes it even more inviting is the fact that the entire treatment does not involve taking medicine or any drug substances, so you can have peace of mind that you are not ingesting something you don’t really want to be inside your system.
Here are some of the health benefits of acupuncture:
Relieves headaches and migraines – In a study released by JAMA Internal Medicine in early 2017, it has been reported that their studies have revealed that acupuncture is effective in relieving headaches and migraines.
Helps in minimizing chronic pain – In a publication posted on Harvard Health Blog, it was reported that an international team studied a group of 18,000 participants. Participants who have undergone acupuncture have experienced the ease of pain, and it was said that acupuncture relieved pain by about 50%. In the same publication, Dr. Lucy Chen, a board-certified anesthesiologist, a specialist in pain medicine, and practicing acupuncturist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital said that “I think the benefit of acupuncture is clear, and the complications and potential adverse effects of acupuncture are low compared with medication.”
Reduces stress – In a research posted by Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, the researchers have found out that acupuncture can reduce stress levels by a whopping 45.8%.
Helps having better sleep quality – In the research entitled “Impact of Acupuncture on Chronic Insomnia: A Report of Two Cases with Polysomnographic Evaluation”, the researchers have concluded that “acupuncture may be an effective and safe complementary treatment method for patients with chronic insomnia who are not candidates for, or have refused, conventional medical treatment.”