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10 Ways Acupuncture Can Improve Your Health

10 Ways Acupuncture Can Improve Your Health

Acupuncture for Hardworking People

Waking up tired every day? Feeling overwhelmed by excessive work? Things constantly left undone on your to-do list? All those scenarios create stress and related health issues, like anxiety, depression, insomnia, weight gain, and joint pains, to name a few. Medications do not always give full relief, and if used over time they become less effective and create side effects. 

There is an alternative way for a healthy body and mind – it’s acupuncture. According to the traditions of Chinese medicine, acupuncture works by restoring balance, and the flow of oxygen and nutrition ( Qi ).  Qi flows in channels (blood vessels) throughout the body. Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very thin needles into specific points along these channels to rebalance the optimal flow of Qi, blood, oxygen, and nutrients.

Here’s how acupuncture can help:

1. Stress No More

Acupuncture has been proven to lower stress hormones and help to moderate mood. It reduces anxiety and enhances overall feelings of calmness and happiness. During and after the acupuncture treatment your central nervous system becomes stimulated, and releases endorphins and other chemicals that lift your mood. This entire process will help you think more positively. It will also allow your body to resist the damaging effects of prolonged anxiety. 

The next time you need a break from a stressful environment, consider an acupuncture treatment. Whether chronic stress, real-life worries, or imbalanced hormonal causes are behind your fluctuating mood, acupuncture can offer significant relief.

2. Joint Pain Relief

You might be sitting on your computer chair for far too long, or maybe doing repetitive movements all day, not realizing your joints are sending you signs of discomfort. A poor posture can create pain, which interferes with your daily activities. Acupuncture can provide drug-free and long-lasting pain relief while reducing swelling and inflammation in your joints. 

3. Relief from Headaches

Many people rely on ibuprofen or naproxen for headaches that they believe are caused by stress at work. Unbeknownst to them, acupuncture has been used to treat headaches for thousands of years. Acupuncture is a good choice of treatment for those seeking a less invasive, drug-free option. Recent research has shown that acupuncture can relieve a variety of types of headaches, acute and chronic, and including migraines.

4. Address Anxiety

A few needles are all it takes to restore balance to the body. Acupuncture is not only effective for physical health but mental as well. Acupuncture has also been shown to increase the release of endorphins, the body’s own ‘feel-good’ chemicals. This contributes to the regulation of physical and emotional stress responses such as pain, heart rate, blood pressure, and digestive function. Recent studies show that acupuncture may be more effective than pharmacotherapy and comparable to talking therapy, making it a safe and efficient alternative.

5. Reduce Eye Strain

Tired or strained eyes can benefit from a gentle massage on acupressure points. These points are thought to bring Qi, nutrition, and blood to the eyes to help relieve eye problems. Acupuncture reduces eye fatigue that is often connected to neck tension, which in turn may create headaches. Chinese medicine has also been known to help treat many ailments including myopia (short-sightedness), hypermetropia (long-sightedness), cataract, glaucoma, presbyopia, astigmatism, amblyopia (lazy eye), diplopia, color blindness, and night blindness. 

6. Boost your Immune System

There’s no need to call in sick and be away from work when acupuncture can help give balance to your immune function. The immune system is the body’s first line of defense, and its effective and optimal functioning is crucial. Acupuncture can help fight off pathogens by boosting the body’s immune system. It can also reduce the duration of a cold and relieve debilitating symptoms. The acupuncture treatment will not only help strengthen the immune system to prevent infections but will also help to shorten the disease duration if infection occurs. 

7. Improve the Quality of Sleep

Melatonin is an essential hormone in the body that regulates your sleep cycles when present in optimal amounts. Acupuncture increases your body’s natural ability to produce more melatonin. This hormone is often underproduced due to modern lifestyle and poor sleeping habits. This can lead to insomnia, frequent awakenings at night, or being exhausted all the time. Acupuncture treatment can help restore your quality sleep once again.

8. Relief from Digestive Conditions

Poor eating habits and stress are common for hardworking people. When this becomes a habit, gas and bloating are a few of the many symptoms that can arise. Acupuncture regulates and strengthens the digestive system so that you feel energized after eating, without gas, pain, or bloat. Acupuncture triggers the parasympathetic nervous system, which calms the mind in addition to promoting healthy digestion (‘rest and digest”). 

9. Strain-Free Day

Acupuncture is an effective alternative in treating repetitive stress injuries. A combination of acupuncture, massage, and liniments can make a significant difference for this type of injury. Acupuncture can reduce pain and swelling in acute sprains within a matter of minutes, reducing healing time dramatically. This alternative treatment can help avoid the need for surgery or drugs. 

10. Allergy Reduction

Regular acupuncture sessions are the key to fighting seasonal and other common types of allergies. More importantly, it can strengthen your body before the allergy season begins. Acupuncture also treats the symptoms of allergies, such as a runny nose, puffy eyes, or scratchy throat very effectively and can be used in place of, or in conjunction with, antihistamines.

Acupunture for PMS

Acupunture for PMS

What Is Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is characterized by a wide variety of signs and symptoms which may affect women during their reproductive years.  The reasons are not exactly known, but imbalances in hormones and in the brain chemistry are involved. The symptoms can be emotional and behavioral in nature, including irritability, mood fluctuations, depression, food cravings, and/or physical, such as breast tenderness, fatigue, water retention, or pain (in the lower abdomen, lower back, headaches, migraines). The symptoms may appear anywhere from a few days to 10 days before the menses onset and usually subside once the bleeding starts. The appearance of the symptoms is recurrent with every menstrual period and it’s estimated that 75% of menstruating women do experience a form of PMS. The intensity of the symptoms can be from mild to debilitating.  Each woman suffering from PMS will have her unique set of symptoms.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine View Of PMS

Premenstrual Syndrome is a condition that can be treated successfully with traditional Chinese medicine, clinical research trials have consistently shown this. According to Chinese medicine the patterns of disharmony encountered in PMS can be traced to stagnation in the Liver function. The Liver is said to store the blood and regulate the smooth flow of qi. Any disturbance in its function will lead to stagnation and the blood flow which distributes the nutrients and oxygen needed for the optimal function of the organs will be obstructed. Therefore, when the Liver qi flows freely the menstrual cycle will be smooth.

Acupuncture Can Successfully Treat PMS

Acupuncture and moxibustion therapy are highly effective in treating PMS symptoms. Often, relief from symptoms can occur during the treatment. Also of great significance is that treatments can prevent the PMS symptoms from happening altogether. Some points, especially on the Liver channel, can be learned by the patient for self massage to alleviate the symptoms. Acupuncture treatments can relieve acute symptoms quickly, however, chronic cases, when PMS happens over long periods of time and the intensity of the symptoms is severe, will usually require several months of acupuncture. Taking Chinese herbs in parallel with acupuncture will speed up the resolution of the symptoms.

Chinese Herbs Treat PMS Efficiently

Chinese herbs can alleviate PMS and when used in conjunction with acupuncture they can relieve the PMS symptoms successfully. The choice of the herbs will be determined by the specific pattern shown by the patient. For example, a classic herbal formula for liver qi stagnation is Xiao Yao Wan. It is taken daily until bleeding begins, discontinued until menstruation is complete, and then taken daily again. This is a very popular and often prescribed Chinese medicine formula. Since Liver Qi stagnation is expressed as stress, with irritability, nervousness, and depression, this formula is helpful for people, both men and women, experiencing stress.

Dietary Changes Can Help Alleviate PMS

Dietary therapy can help relieve PMS symptoms. Avoiding sweets, which promote inflammation, can help. Alcohol and stimulants, especially coffee, irritate the Liver and may worsen the condition. They heat the Liver and can aggravate the condition. High stress at anytime, but especially around the period time, can imbalance the function of the Liver and should be avoided. Mint/peppermint tea soothes the Liver and can reduce the intensity of the PMS symptoms.