When researching the benefits of acupuncture it’s hard to differentiate the facts from the opinions. Unlike common modern-day misconceptions, acupuncture is a great deal more than just having some needles stuck in your body. It’s a scientifically proven simple drug-free method to combat a variety of illnesses and issues.
The practising of Acupuncture can be traced back thousands of years, possibly even to 600 BCE, and despite this, it has not become outdated and is still to this day popular with a large loyal following. Traditionally believed to improve the circulation of positive energy known as Qi, pronounced Chee, around the body in order to stabilise any instability from negative energies such as Yin and Yang.
Regardless of an individual’s beliefs around Qi, Yin and Yang, acupuncture has proven benefits. Here, we look at three reasons why this often misunderstood treatment shouldn’t be overlooked.
There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year, which makes this particular benefit of acupuncture nothing short of remarkable. The recent study found that people who recently suffered from a stroke and were really struggling with their balance and maintaining a good centre of gravity underwent a session of Acupuncture and the results were incredible. The time it took to reach a standing position from a seated position and the time taken to walk six meters decreased – and it worked immediately. Improving your balance is very important not just for the elderly or the sick, but also in people who are very active. It can lead to improved posture and reduce the risk of injuries.
Better Blood Flow
Bad circulation is usually the symptom of a more serious underlying illness but it is serious in its own right. With the side effects alone causing people a great deal of discomfort – from tingling and numbness to stinging and muscle cramps. Improving your circulation can help promote cell growth, improve organ function, lower blood pressure and even help your skin to fight bacteria combating acne. During a study, researchers found that in areas that had been treated with acupuncture had shown a significant increase in circulation.
Drug-Free Pain Relief
Acupuncture has been widely acknowledged as a powerful form of pain relief. It is scientifically proven to encourage the body to release pain-relieving endorphins that can create a long-term reduction in pain. It’s regularly prescribed on the NHS to combat chronic pain, migraines and more. Even the Canadian Olympian alpine skier Manny Osborne-Paradis, swears that he “wouldn’t be able to ski” without it. That’s some pretty impressive praise.
These are just a few of the many benefits that acupuncture can have on your body. The reason Acupuncture is still popular is that it really does work for so many common alignments. We’ve seen people who wanted help with a variety of issues from quitting smoking, improving kidney function to losing weight and improving their posture. The benefits are numerous and the risks are minimal when compared with some medication. If in doubt – try it out and you’ll be converted.
If you are interested in learning more about acupuncture, Total Therapy Training teaches therapeutic techniques with a dedication to the preservation of ancient lineage knowledge and practical clinical applications not found in textbooks. Their courses range from Acupuncture and Gua Sha to Medical Massage and Cupping.