Top 5 Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing that has been utilized as a modality in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for thousands of years.
With the placing of needles along specific body meridians called “acupoints” there is a balancing of energy and stimulation of the body’s natural healing process.
As an evidence-based form of treatment, acupuncture is often used in naturopathic medicine due to its many studied physical and psychological benefits.
Here are 5 ways that acupuncture can benefit your health:
1. Pain Management
With analgesic & pain-relieving effects, acupuncture works to calm spastic muscles while improving local blood circulation and reducing inflammation. Commonly helping manage conditions such as osteoarthritis, sciatica, headaches/migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, and general back and joint pain.
2. Stress Relief
At a glance you wouldn’t expect getting multiple tiny needles into your skin to be a relaxing experience, however the process helps calm the nervous system while also aiding in the release of our body’s “feel good chemicals”. In practice, focused breathing, ambient music, and low light are used to elevate this outcome.
3. Supporting digestion Acupuncture can help to improve digestive symptoms, including IBS, nausea, bloating, constipation, and acid reflux/heartburn. Specific points are used to promote bowel motility, reduce inflammation, and ease digestive symptoms.
4. Fertility & Reproductive Health Hormone imbalances are often the culprit of infertility and menstrual pain/concerns. Acupuncture has been recognized to help regulate cycles, optimize ovulation and aid with period pain. Another benefit is that acupuncture is SAFE during pregnancy! 5. Better Sleep Quality We know that it's important to get enough sleep, but the QUALITY of that sleep will determine how we feel when we wake up. TCM explains this effect as a “balancing of Qi”, which is balancing the vital energy that regulates our circadian rhythm. Acupuncture stimulates Qi to improve our ability to fall asleep, and more importantly, achieve a deep and restful sleep. Your Naturopathic Doctor has advanced training in physical medical acupuncture (typically used for pain management), Traditional Chinese Medical acupuncture, and Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. Book your appointment to experience the benefits of acupuncture!