Do you believe in balancing your body’s energy to avoid joint pain and internal issues? Well, maintaining your “Qi” has been on the trend for quite a time and is not going anywhere. It started as a Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapy that effectively helps to manage stress, cramps, and back pain.
In this blog, we are going to explore all about acupuncture, how it works, its benefits, and the risks involved. So if you are someone who wants to balance your Qi to restore your health, then this blog is for you.
Cited as a “Miracle” for healing, acupuncture not only heals you but also improves your quality of life. It has been studied for over 2500 years and is backed by science. It has been used to treat seasonal allergies to nausea induced by chemotherapy. Such is the power of Acupuncture.
The philosophy behind acupuncture is that the human body is made of a life-giving force called Qi. A person is considered to be healthy when the Qi is flowing in all the regions of a body and in harmony. But when there is a blockage of this flow, the body experiences illness.
How Does It Work?
Acupuncture involves a set of needles inserted slightly on the skin surface to the affected areas. This does not cause much comfort but stimulates the brain to respond to it. As a result, wound healing and pain modulation start which promotes circulation in the area and improves immunity.
Your acupuncturist will discuss the problems that you are facing and how many sessions will it take for you to recover from them. After this, the actual session with needles will start and last for about 30-40 minutes. Individuals have different reactions to acupuncture, but the result always indicates healing.
Uses Of Acupuncture
Although acupuncture is renowned for healing the physical aspects of the human body, it also works wonders for emotional well-being. It can certainly be used for:
- Period cramps
- Multiple sclerosis
- Morning sickness
- Sinus congestion
- Recovery from any surgery
- Long-term pain
- Appearance of the skin
Benefits Of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is beneficial to health when Western medicine falls short of providing relief. It can change the outcome of pain and disease within a few sessions only.
- Acts As A Pain Reliever
Popping painkillers all the time can deteriorate your health and have side effects, but acupuncture acts as a pain reliever. There are no side effects, as it is a manual procedure with the needles poking you. It focuses on the target points only and says goodbye to pain forever. Studies have shown that acupuncture can recover lower back pain, shoulder pain, chronic pain, and neck pain in six months.
- Reduces Stress And Depression
Studies have shown that acupuncture can be used to help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. When the acupuncture needles are inserted on the surface of the skin, it releases dopamine effect on the hormones. It also helps to manage post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and addiction.
- Improves Quality of Sleep
Acupuncture can help individuals with insomnia and also improve the quality of sleep. A recent study concluded that acupuncture calms the sympathetic nervous system which prepares the body better for sleep. With acupoints, chemicals in your body release like serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid. These chemicals induce sleep faster and relax your body.
Risks Involved In Acupuncture
There are some drawbacks to acupuncture and should be considered before going for it. It is recommended to consult the details with your acupuncturist before commencing the session.
- There might be soreness around the injected areas.
- Individuals have reported bleeding and bruising as well, on the injected areas.
- The risk of infection is always a concern and the expert should use single-use disposable needles.
- If you have a bleeding disorder, are pregnant, or have a pacemaker, then acupuncture is not for you.
Acupuncture is a conventional way of dealing with illness, and may not work for everyone. Individuals with a mindset of practical medicine have a hard time wrapping their minds around acupuncture. Balancing Qi does have its benefits, and its side effects, so try once and see for it yourself.