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5 Benefits Of Acupuncture That You Shouldn’t Overlook

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Acupuncture Treatments Benefits

As a form of treatment for a great many common afflictions, there are great benefits to acupuncture. You might have wondered if acupuncture was a good treatment for you to consider.

For many people, acupuncture is definitely a treatment that should be considered, especially since it has been shown to be effective at treating some of the most common ailments such as back pain, headaches and depression.

While any effective treatment for pain or other symptoms should be considered, here are a few benefits of acupuncture that you shouldn’t overlook.

Acupuncture Treats The Source Of Pain

How acupuncture works is directly related to one of the primary benefits of acupuncture, in that it treats the source of pain or other malady. What was learned over centuries by Chinese and other East Asian physicians was that the body has a flow of biological energy, just as it has a supply and flow of blood. What was also established was that physical disorders were as much a product of disruption of that energy as anything else.

As a result, the source of the bad flow of energy can be pinpointed and addressed, much as a fault can be identified and repairs performed on an electrical system. As the problem can be addressed at the source, a much faster and more effective treatment can be rendered.

After all, an electrician wouldn’t suspect the bathroom light bulb if it’s the air conditioning system that isn’t working. Neither should a treatment for illness or pain address something other than the proximate cause.

Painkillers Numb Pain; Acupuncture Treats The Cause Without The Side Effects

One of the scourges of modern medicine is overuse of painkillers. Crippling addiction and terrible side effects make it so that many people could hardly be said to have much quality of life despite taking medicine for their pain.

Not that painkillers aren’t effective and don’t have their place, but how they work is to quieten pain signals from the brain.

Imagine a stereo set, with a set of speakers with a separate volume control from the source of sound, with its own separate volume control. With the speakers and the input source at full blast, the noise can be deafening. However, turn the volume down or off on the speakers…the signal has lost none of its potency or power; it’s just that the volume has been turned down. This is how painkillers work.

Since acupuncture works by addressing the source of pain, many patients have found it a much more effective pain management regimen than other treatments.

Acupuncture Is Tailored To Treat You

Another benefit of acupuncture is that your treatment plan will be tailored specifically to you and your needs. Since an acupuncturist will find specifically what is causing your ailment and where your energies are imbalanced, this will give them an idea on how to treat you.

The end result is a treatment plan designed to work for you, not a treatment plan designed to work for most people that you will hopefully benefit from.

Lower Back Pain and Headache Acupuncture Treatments Among The Most Effective

Two of the most common maladies affecting adults are lower back pain and headaches of varying types, including cluster headaches and migraine headaches. Both can be debilitating.

Many people have never understood how easily mobility can be compromised, until they feel their first moderate episode of back pain. Likewise, a cluster or migraine headache can lay the mightiest of people low for days.

Acupuncture has been shown to be one of the most effective treatments of these terrible afflictions, as numerous studies in western medical journals are beginning to testify to.

Acupuncture Has Few Side Effects

Any medical treatment has risks, of course. There’s a certain risk involved in taking even over the counter medications; even drinking too much water can be hazardous to your health! Acupuncture, of course, has side effects as well.

If, that is, performed by an incompetent practitioner.

With proper sterilization, which any decent acupuncturist will be fastidious about, there is no risk of infection. People with clotting disorders or other blood disorders should avoid acupuncture, to avert any risks, but the most common side effects are a little bruising, soreness, and perhaps minor pain at the needle site. In same cases, a little minor bleeding is normal.

There have been some extremely rare instances where deep tissue punctures have occurred with possible dire consequences, but the number of such occurrences over a period of decades could be counted on one hand.

You should seek the best course of treatment for yourself, but there is more to be gained than to be lost by seeking acupuncture treatmen.