When people hear the word acupuncture, there is just one thing that comes to mind: getting stabbed with lots of needles. Naturally, some people have a hard time wrapping their minds around why someone would pay to be stabbed with lots of tiny needles.
In 2002, a National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) was conducted in the United States. According to the results of the survey, 1.1 percent (which represented a little over 2 million Americans at the time) stated that they had recently used acupuncture as a form of treatment.
Why would so many people be willing to give this nontraditional treatment a try if it was not beneficial in some way? Acupuncture is so much more than just a treatment for chronic pain.
1. Allergy Relief
There comes a time when antihistamines and nasal decongestants stop working. Unfortunately, the human body develops an immunity to any medication it is exposed to for a long period of time. Acupuncture regulates the way your body responds to allergens in order to eliminate stuffy noses, runny noses, and itchy eyes. Think of it as a treatment that pushes the reset button on how your body reacts to things you are allergic to.
2. Fatigue Relief
Whether or not you know why you have trouble going to sleep at night or feel exhausted during the day, acupuncture can help. The treatment will increase the amount of melatonin your body produces at night, which is a natural chemical that allows you to go to sleep. The fact that acupuncture treats chronic pain as well, means that you will enjoy a more pleasant night of sleep than you have in a long time.
3. Weight Loss
Research and scientific studies have shown that acupuncture speeds up an individual’s metabolism, which can help with losing weight. The treatments have also been known to reduce cravings, curb appetites, and improve digestion. It is an all-natural way of jumpstarting what your body is supposed to do when digesting the food you consume.
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4. Control Blood Pressure
Acupuncture treatments increase the amount of oxygen flowing through the human body and to the heart which lowers high blood pressure. Individuals have high blood pressure as the result of clogged blood vessels. When this happens, the additional oxygen is needed to promote healthy blood circulation.
Acupuncture is an unconventional treatment that picks up where Western medication stopped. It provides another option for individuals who are told there are not any more options for what ails them by their regular physician. It also provides hope for individuals who do not want to have to take medication every single day for the rest of their lives.
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