Acupuncture is used as an independent technique from the others of traditional medicine.
Acupuncture is one of the therapies that are part of the Traditional Chinese Therapy and consists, fundamentally, in the insertion of sterile needles and a single use or application of moxas on certain points of the body that are considered reactive, that is, when inserting the needle, it produces a concrete effect.
The field of application is very wide, treating disorders of the locomotor system, of the different organs and of all the systems whose benefits we will see below.
To date, modern scientific research studies have revealed the following acupuncture actions:
- Induces analgesia
- Protects the body against infections
- Regulates various physiological functions
The therapeutic effects of acupuncture, through its regulatory actions in various systems, can be considered as a nonspecific therapy with a wide spectrum of indications, particularly useful in functional disorders. Although it is often used as a symptomatic treatment (for pain, for example), in many cases it acts on pathogens of a disease.
According to the O.M.S. “There is empirical and scientific evidence that supports the benefits of acupuncture, manual therapies, and various medicinal plants in various chronic or mild conditions. For example, the effectiveness of acupuncture, a popular pain relief treatment, has been demonstrated in both clinical trials and laboratory experiments. So 90% of pain management services in the UK and 70% in Germany include acupuncture as one of the treatments they provide. ”
Let’s now look at the benefits derived from acupuncture:
Regulates the vegetative nervous system with what acts on chronic pain such as arthritis or osteoarthritis, and acute pain such as headache, migraine, back pain, menstruation, fibromyalgia or pain caused by injuries, such as contractures or sprains.
Acupuncture “could be a valuable non-pharmacological tool in patients with chronic headaches”, since after research and clinical trials it has been found that acupuncture alleviates headaches and, after the treatment received, achieves a decrease in the number of headaches and the intensity of the headache.
Acupuncture has also been shown to be effective in improving chronic back pain. In fact it is one of the best known uses. This technique releases natural pain relievers that reduce chronic back pain, helping to combat this pathology. Combining acupuncture sessions with other treatments, such as physical therapy, makes the results much more immediate.
Acupuncture has been found to be effective in treating chronic pain and is “more than just a placebo effect.”
Due to this, it can be effective in inflammations and varicose veins, improves wound healing and reduces muscle edema.
By helping circulation, acupuncture also helps improve digestion. If you have heartburn, indigestion or nausea problems, acupuncture can help you.
Improves symptoms in respiratory problems
Another area in which acupuncture interferes positively is that of respiratory problems. The benefits of acupuncture are more evident in pathologies such as allergic cough, asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis or chronic bronchitis.
Release stress and anxiety and help overcome depression
Acupuncture balances the body’s energy, leads to emotional balance, and helps relaxation.
Through the acupuncture points, not only physical aspects are treated, but also emotional ones. A combination of both can be done in treatment. In this way, it helps to overcome adverse states such as depression or anxiety.
Due to the stimulation of the hormones of happiness, acupuncture is a good tool to fight depression. According to some scientific studies, combining this technique with a lower dose of the medication has been able to reduce the symptoms of the patients. Due to this reduction in medication, its strong side effects also improved in patients.
Helps reduce insomnia
This benefit is closely related to the previous one described. By releasing anxiety and avoiding depressive processes and feeling less distress, problems are better dealt with. Adding acupuncture therapy to patients taking herbal medications or herbal treatments to fall asleep has been shown to show better results than taking the medications or herbs alone. Also, unlike many sleep medications, acupuncture sessions had no adverse side effects.
Helps lose weight
Acupuncture is not a miracle remedy that makes you lose weight immediately, but it can greatly help weight loss and its control. This technique allows not only to lose weight, but to change our habits to lead a healthier life. Anxiety, depression, stress … are states that can lead us to overeat. Acupuncture, as we have seen, decreases them, improving our behavior towards food. The result will be greater control and awareness of the amounts of food we eat, so we will end up eating less and in the end we will begin to lose weight. If we also complement the sessions with some exercise and a healthy diet, the results will come even faster.
Can help decrease withdrawal syndrome
It is used in detoxification treatments.
Eliminate menstrual pain and decrease menopausal symptoms.
Enhances the immune system
Acupuncture achieves the correct alignment of our energy points and thanks to this it can lead us to reach a state of well-being beyond our mind. This renewed energy flow creates new defensive barriers against possible diseases or allergies that afflict us on a recurring basis.
Decreases allergic skin reactions
It is deduced from the previous point that it is used in urticarias, atopic dermatitis or psoriasis treatments.
Improves Recovery in Cancer Cases and Chemotherapy Treatments
Thanks to the fact that acupuncture activates the immune system and accelerates recovery, it makes the patient face his disease more strongly and, above all, better tolerate the effects after cancer treatments.
In cancer treatment, acupuncture is used to decrease the side effects that radiotherapy or chemotherapy produce, such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and decrease pain during chemotherapy sessions.
Acupuncture treatment was found in a study to improve immunity, platelet count, and prevent a decrease in healthy cells after radiation or chemotherapy compared to those patients who did not receive acupuncture treatment.
Helps prevent cognitive decline
The effectiveness of acupuncture in Parkinson’s is being studied and corroborated.
Studies show that acupuncture can alleviate the symptoms of age-related cognitive decline by generating a neuronal response in areas of the brain, which are particularly affected by Parkinson’s.
Does not interfere with medical treatments
One of the main benefits of this technique is that it does not interfere with treatments prescribed by doctors. It is rather the opposite: it complements them.
Given the benefits that acupuncture can offer us, we can deduce the large number of diseases, ailments, symptoms and conditions that acupuncture can treat.
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