A look into Acupuncture and the truth about its benefits

Acupuncture is one of the most popular practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the West today. TCM is a complementary health approach that first originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago and has been evolving ever since. In recent years, acupuncture has been incorporated into integrative health settings and hospitals all over the United States and the demand for acupuncture by patients increases every year. Why? Because this complimentary practice has been shown over and over again to help people improve their overall health and wellness in a number of ways — but in general, people describe having more energy, a better mood, improved sleep and an overall sense of vitality when acupuncture is part of a holistic healthcare regimen. While there is still much debate among researchers about how acupuncture works from a biomedical level, what we do know is that acupuncture helps to combat stress, chronic disease, and inflammation by promoting the body’s natural-healing cascade, increasing circulation, and reducing stress.

What does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is used to treat conditions such as:

  • muscle spasms and pain
  • chronic back problems and pain
  • headaches, including reducing the frequency and intensity of migraines
  • neck pain
  • osteoarthritis
  • knee pain
  • allergies
  • hormonal imbalances
  • infertility
  • digestive problems
  • mood, depression

Does it hurt?

No! Well, not usually. Insertion of acupuncture needles into will often produce a mild sensation, often described as tingling, pulsing or even warmth, but is rarely described as pain or discomfort. These needles are tiny. The needles range in size but the commonly used needle is 0.25mm, or roughly about the width of 2-3 strands of hair. These tiny, delicate pins are much, much smaller than the standard hypodermic medical syringe we often think of as a “needle”. Once the needles are in, most patients drift off into deep-relaxation or even a light sleep—patients love to call this an “acu nap”. We think this is fitting!

North County Natural Medicine is thrilled to be offering acupuncture on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm and Wednesdays from 1 pm to 6 pm. Call us today to incorporate acupuncture as part of your holistic health regimen!

Written by: Marisa Blume

 

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