Written by Dr Sandra Miranda, ND
Acupuncture is a wellness method of restoring the imbalance of energies in the body’s system. Developed in China a couple thousand years ago, acupuncture not only treats ailments, but is used as a preventative therapy as well.
The original thought process behind acupuncture is to restore the body’s energy, known as its chi. However, upon moving to the North America, acupuncture expanded from that theory, and is now used for diagnosing and prevention of illness.
Research indicates that the needles may increase the body’s natural pain relievers called endorphins and, therefore, individuals feel a decreased sensation of pain when acupuncture is practiced
Acupuncture may be useful for many ailments and conditions, both emotional and physical.
Anxiety, Depression, and Panic Attacks
While some individuals prefer to stick with traditional means of therapy and prescription drugs for the treatment of anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, there are others who swear by acupuncture to alleviate or reduce these in their lives. Many people look toward holistic healing for treatment and prevention of these conditions.
Alleviation of Pain
For most individuals, acupuncture is handy for alleviating pain due to painful things such as arthritis, migraines, and fibromyalgia, just to name a few. The insertion of needles is said to induce the body’s natural pain relievers into action mode, thereby reducing pain in the specific area where the needle is inserted.
Chronic low back pain is likely to be the number one reason individuals turn to acupuncture for relief.
Nausea, vomiting, and fatigue are also on top of the list for reasons to treat with acupuncture. Overall wellness is promoted as one of the benefits of acupuncture as well.
And then there are those who swear by acupuncture on a regular basis as a way and a means of preventing illness in the future. They believe that acupuncture is just as good for prevention of illness and to promote overall wellbeing.
Practitioners of Acupuncture
Naturopathic Doctors are trained in acupuncture but there are also other certified acupuncturists. If you want to get acupuncture session, please make sure you are going to someone who is certified.
Acupuncture covers overall wellness and wellbeing of the whole body and, as such, may be a wise choice indeed when seeking to prevent illness and disease before it even starts.