There are many ways that holistic health techniques are incorporated today to treat different ailments and conditions, and one of the most popular holistic health techniques is the acupuncture therapy that is an ancient traditional Chinese medicine considered as a complementary health approach that has been used in China for more than 2,500 years already and has evolved to many different ways.
Acupuncture therapy is believed to treat a wide array of diseases, pain, and also stress-related conditions using holistic techniques that are paired with herbal medicines, therapeutic exercises, massage therapy, and other practices that focus on the healing abilities of a human mind and body.
The use of acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medicine techniques have become very popular in the United States and other parts of the globe for many years already, and according to a survey done by the National Institute of Health in 2007 for a complementary health approach, there are more than three million people tried acupuncture already and imagine that number which is believed to have increased in 2018.
However, not everyone is convinced of this traditional Chinese medicine technique because of its use of needles that literally puncturing your skin so, does acupuncture truly hurts? Surprisingly, even though it uses needles to heal different kinds of conditions, acupuncture which is one of the 8 constitutional medicine treatments are pain-free, and in fact, one of the most popular uses of acupuncture is to reduce pain ironically in almost all parts of your body in a natural way without the need to take medications that have bad side effects in the long run.
To give you more reasons to try acupuncture treatment, this article will also provide you a list of its most notable benefits, so feel free to continue to read.
- Reduces the effects of headaches-The University of Munich’s Center for Complementary Medicine conducted a review of over 11 studies that involve more than a thousand acupuncture patients who have frequent and chronic tension-type headaches and migraines. The participants underwent a series of acupuncture therapy while half of them underwent medications to relieve their pain. The group that had the acupuncture treatment continued to have a decrease of days where they suffer from headaches while the group that had medication had no evidence that their headaches subsided and have to continue to medicate themselves with medicines.
- Relieves chronic pain in different parts of the body- Acupuncture was proven to be effective to relieve chronic back pain compared to people who did not try it according to a study in 2006 at the University Medical Center in Berlin, Germany. It was proven scientifically after conducting a study involving patients who received acupuncture therapy for over eight weeks and those who did not receive any treatment at all.
- Helps reduce the effects of insomnia- In a study from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 2009, it proved the beneficial effect of acupuncture in helping people with insomnia compared to those who have not underwent acupuncture therapy by conducting a test to a group of participants who have severe insomnia and were divided into two groups, one which had acupuncture therapy and the other group without a therapy that was done for two weeks, and the results were remarkable.