Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that involves inserting tiny needles into specific points on the body. The needles stimulate the nervous system and cause a release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. The treatment also helps to relax the muscles and reduce stress levels.
What are 3 benefits of acupuncture?
NIH research has confirmed the promise of acupuncture for treating cancer symptoms such as nausea from surgery or chemotherapy, and for managing pain related to nerve damage in the hands and feet (a side effect of some types of cancer treatments). It may also help manage chronic conditions like headaches, back pain, and menstrual cramps.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture treats more than 300 acupuncture points that connect 12 primary and 8 secondary pathways called meridians that conduct energy throughout the body. When energy is balanced through these points, a person is healthy. When the flow is disrupted, disease occurs. The goal of acupuncture is to balance the flow of energy through the points so that the disease can be eliminated and health restored.
Most people who undergo acupuncture feel relaxed and refreshed after the session. But the exact response depends on your individual responses to acupuncture and how long the effects last.
Some acupuncturists recommend a regular schedule, such as once a week, for several weeks to see maximum benefits from a course of treatment. Others may suggest that you come in less often, depending on your response to acupuncture and how long the effects are sustained.