If you’re looking for relief from acute or chronic pain, consider the ancient practice of acupuncture. Despite being around for centuries, acupuncture is still relatively unknown to most people. But with increasing scientific studies proving its efficacy, more and more people are turning to this ancient secret for relief. Let’s explore why acupuncture is an excellent option for acute and chronic pain relief.
Traditional Chinese medicine is a holistic approach to healthcare used to treat a wide variety of health conditions, including pain. The foundation of Chinese medicine is based on the theory that vital energy, Qi (pronounced “chee”), flows through our bodies along pathways called meridians. When these pathways become blocked, symptoms like pain can occur. This pain can manifest physically or emotionally. Various factors, including emotional stress, physical injury, poor diet, and environmental conditions, can disrupt the flow of qi.
A Chinese medicine practitioner will diagnose pain by examining the location, quality, intensity, and any other accompanying symptoms. They use this information to identify patterns of disharmony in the body and to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses the root cause of the pain.
To unblock these pathways and restore balance to the mind and body, practitioners insert thin needles into specific areas on the body known as acupuncture points. Stimulating these points helps restore balance and improve overall health. A treatment plan can also include herbal medicine, bodywork, exercises, diet, and lifestyle changes to promote natural healing and alleviate physical or emotional pain.
While some may be hesitant to try something as foreign as acupuncture, solid scientific evidence proves its efficacy in relieving pain. Studies have found that it can reduce inflammation and help increase endorphins—the body’s natural painkillers—in the body. It has also been used in conjunction with other treatments like physical therapy or chiropractic care to provide even greater relief from pain symptoms.
Traditional methods like medication or surgery often have risks and side effects when treating chronic pain. However, acupuncture involves fewer risks, and patients often report feeling better after just one treatment session! Plus, when done correctly by licensed acupuncturists, it’s safe and extremely effective at relieving both acute and chronic pain symptoms without any negative side effects.
Acupuncture has been around for centuries; however, only recently has science begun to catch up with this ancient practice in understanding its effectiveness in fighting acute and chronic pain conditions. More and more research is being conducted every day, which further confirms what many have known all along—that acupuncture truly works! Try acupuncture today if you’re dealing with persistent or severe pain conditions! You may finally find long-lasting relief without any risks associated with traditional treatments.
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Sheri Davidson, licensed acupuncturist and wellness coach, specializes in preventative medicine. She loves sharing her passion for wellness living and Eastern medicine through her blog, The Wellness Inspired Podcast, and practice, Element 5, Acupuncture + Wellness in Rice Village District of Houston, TX.
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