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Does Acupuncture Actually Work?

23 July 2019 - General

Whether you are looking into natural accident recovery or stress relief, there a number of great reasons to consider acupuncture. First though, what exactly is acupuncture? If you aren’t familiar with naturopathic doctor methods, most likely the only thing you know about acupuncture is that it involves sticking a lot of needles into you. Well, there is a lot more to it than that.


Acupuncture is an ancient holistic health practice that has its roots in TCM (traditional Chinese Medicine). During acupuncture, trained practitioners insert thin needles into the skin to stimulate specific points on the body. Acupuncture has been part of a wellness care practice in the West for a long time now and is gaining in popularity. In addition to being used for natural accident recovery, acupuncture also helps with pain relief and stress relief. Think of it kind of like an intense form of massage therapy, but with even more health benefits.


Because acupuncture involves needles, many people wonder if it hurts. Surprisingly, the treatments are relatively pain-free. In fact, many people who have regular acupuncture treatments do so in order to relieve chronic pain. One of the most common reasons for missed work is back pain, using acupuncture to alleviate back pain will not only make your life easier (because you feel better), but it may also help you get back to a regular work schedule.


Top Benefits of Acupuncture


Using acupuncture as a method of natural accident recovery is a great way to avoid unnecessary drugs and surgery. Always consult with a naturopathic doctor or physician to ensure you are getting the proper care. While we always advocate for natural when possible, there are situations where modern medicine is prudent and should be taken. That being said, here are some of the most common benefits of acupuncture:


Stress Reduction: Have you ever heard the saying that your body “holds stress” in certain areas? Perhaps you hold stress in your shoulders or neck, or maybe you hold the tension in your jaw. Either way, the body tends to latch on to stress if not properly managed. Acupuncture has been shown to lower stress hormones such as cortisol and reduce anxiety. Additionally, it promotes overall feelings of happiness and well being.


Alleviate Back and Neck Pain: Whether it is being hunched over at a computer all day, wearing a heavy backpack, or working labor-intensive jobs, there are a number of reasons you might be experiencing neck and back pain. No matter the reason, acupuncture is a drug free pain relief that can help reduce the swelling and inflammation that is causing your back pain.


Headache Relief: Most people don’t realize, but headaches are caused by restricted blood flow to the brain. This could be due to tense muscles in the neck and back or other reasons. Acupuncture has been used to treat headaches for thousands of years. Studies have recently shown that acupuncture can even help reduce the number of days a person experiences migraines. This is a great, non-invasive, drug-free option for those seeking headache relief.


Improved Eye Function: Don’t worry, we aren’t going to stick needles in your eyes. However one of the most common issues related to neck tension is eye strain. When your neck relaxes, so do your eyes, which can help ensure better vision as you age and help your eyes function properly. Acupuncture has been shown in some cases to treat eye ailments such as short sightedness, long sightedness, cataracts, glaucoma, lazy eye, and more. When attempting to do natural accident recovery or other natural pain relief methods, it is important to remember that the entire body is connected and works together as a whole unit. Neck tension can lead to eye problems. There are dozens of other similar connections throughout the body that acupuncture can help with.


Boost Energy and Mental Clarity: Often times, acupuncture patients experience increased energy and mental clarity after a visit. This could be due to proper blood flow being restored throughout the body or for other reasons. This is great for those who need improved sleep at night.


So no matter why you are looking for natural accident recovery or stress relief, acupuncture is a perfectly safe and natural method for helping your body recover.