Acupuncture is one of the staples of traditional Chinese medicine. It uses hair-thin needles inserted into specific target points in your body which rebalances energy flow and therefore helps eliminate illnesses.
If you are not a fan of getting poked with needles, you might reconsider when you find out what are the healing wonders this form of naturopathic treatment can do. Read more below.
- Relieves Asthma Attacks
Wheezing, difficulty in breathing, general feeling of body malaise, sinusitis and sneezing are common symptoms of an allergic asthma attack. Most patients with this health condition carry inhalers which provide the drug for immediate relief. But just like any synthetic medicine, adverse side effects can arise from long-term use. There is, however, an alternative and more effective way of fighting off an asthma attack.
In an article by HealthCMi, a study was conducted on 1,445 patients where Acupuncture was used as the mode of treatment. It says:
“Patients receiving acupuncture had marked reductions of allergic asthma during strenuous and moderate exercise, work and social activities, and during sleep. The overall quality of life scores for patients receiving acupuncture were significantly higher than patients in the control group receiving no acupuncture.”
“The researchers note that after the three months of acupuncture treatments, patients had significant improvements in global quality of life scores and individual parameters such as symptoms, activities, emotions, physicality, and mental function. An important finding, the durability of acupuncture was confirmed by a six-month follow-up. Despite not having any acupuncture for three months following the completion of the study’s treatment regimen, the six-month data point measured improvements “comparable to the 3 months’ improvements.”
- Helps Manage Menopausal Symptoms
Menopausal symptoms usually occur between ages 45 and 55, but may also be seen in as early as ages 30s or 40s. This stage can be particularly hard for women as symptoms may include abnormal vaginal bleeding, hot flashes, urinary symptoms, mood changes, and some may even develop osteoporosis and heart disease.
Kathryn Ryan published an article “Can Acupuncture Help Alleviate Menopausal Symptoms?” and had this to say:
“An umbrella review from Duke Clinical Research Institute that was a comprehensive assessment of previous systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials has found that women who received acupuncture had less frequent and less severe vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause than women who did not have acupuncture. The women who had acupuncture also reported improved health-related quality of life, as shown in the evidence reported in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (JACM), a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers dedicated to the paradigm, practice, and policy advancing integrative health. The article is available free on JACM website.”
If you are looking to try out this mode of treatment, contact a certified acupuncture service provider, a licensed and registered naturopathic doctor is the best choice.
More about this study here.
- Better Pain Relief – Headaches, Low Back Pain, Osteoarthritis
Harvard Health Blog article “Acupuncture for Headache” discusses how acupuncture provides better pain relief compared to non-opiate pain relievers:
“Individual large-scale clinical studies have consistently demonstrated that acupuncture provided better pain relief compared with usual care. However, most studies also showed little difference between real and sham (fake) acupuncture. In order to address this concern, a 2012 meta-analysis combined data from roughly 18,000 individual patients in 23 high-quality randomized controlled trials of acupuncture for common pain conditions. This analysis conclusively demonstrated that acupuncture is superior to sham for low back pain, headache, and osteoarthritis, and improvements seen were similar to that of other widely used non-opiate pain relievers.”
- Can Boost Chances Of Getting Pregnant Through IVF
Yes, you’ve read it right. A clinic in Europe has conducted a study and found out that women who received acupuncture before and after embryo implantation had a higher chance of getting pregnant. According to a post by Claudia Tanner for MailOnline:
“Dr Hana Visnova, medical director at IVF Cube in Prague, and her team analyzed data from 3271 women and nearly 4,400 cycles.
This included frozen embryo transfer (FET) procedures as well as cycles with a patient’s own eggs, or through donated egg therapies.
Acupuncture was performed on the patient both immediately before and after embryo implantation.
Of the 4087 cycles without acupuncture, 2,458 pregnancies were recorded, giving a pregnancy rate of 60 percent.
Of the 301 cycles with acupuncture, there were 201 conceptions – giving a higher pregnancy rate of 66 percent.”
Dr. Visnova isn’t the only one who reported such a success. Previous research regarding this matter was also mentioned in this article.
Here at our wellness centre, we offer what is called a Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. Expected results may include:
– eliminate fine lines and wrinkles
– reduce eye bags
– eliminate eye puffiness
– lift droopy eyelids
– minimize double chin
With this information at your hand, the health benefits of Acupuncture greatly outweighs the thought of getting poked at with needles. You can contact a Naturopathic Toronto Doctor such as Dr. Amauri Caversan where he can give you his expert advice regarding this treatment modality.
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