Top 10 Benefits of Acupuncture

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Relieve pain with acupuncture at higher health 

Acupuncture is a successful and increasingly popular form of treatment today for numerous types of pain. A form of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture involves the process of using needles, heat and pressure applied to different parts of the skin to promote healing. Higher Health additionally offers cupping, a form of acupuncture that is also extremely beneficial. Many clinical studies have shown acupuncture to be a successful form of treatment. Check out ten different benefits of choosing acupuncture as a pain treatment option with us at Higher Health. 

1.     Lower Back and Neck Pain Relief

Back and neck pain is the number one reason most people seek acupuncture treatment, with nearly 8 out of every 10 people experiencing lower back pain at some point in their life. Research suggests that acupuncture is an effective form of treatment, with 22 different studies that showed acupuncture to provide relief from chronic back pain.  

2.     Reduces High and Low Blood Pressure

John C. Longhurst, MD, PhD, ran four different tests to study how acupuncture can treat high or low blood pressure. His team tested cats with heart disease, and acupuncture was proven to help reduce ischemia, or the lack of oxygen to the heart, caused when blood vessels are blocked.

3.     Osteoarthritis Treatment

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease of the joints, such as the knee or hip, which causes the bone to grow abnormally, affecting the ability to use your knee. People who had acupuncture rated their pain to be improved by about 4 points on a scale of 0 to 20. According to researchers, acupuncture is very effective at reducing knee osteoarthritis and knee pain in general without any side effects.

4.     Reduces Stress

Many people claim to have significantly reduced stress after acupuncture treatments. According to researcher Dr. Ladan Eshkevari, an associate professor of nursing at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, “Many practitioners of acupuncture have observed that this ancient practice can reduce stress in their patients, but there is a lack of biological proof of how or why this happens. We’re starting to understand what’s going on at the molecular level that helps explain acupuncture’s benefit.” 

5.     Headache and Migraine Relief

Acupuncture has been used to treat headaches for thousands of years. Acupuncture causes blood flow in the tissues to increase when small vessels around the area of the needle or cups dilate, increasing circulation and treating headaches and migraines. 

6.     Improves Digestion

Acupuncture works to treat digestive problems by reducing inflammation of the stomach and pancreas, improving digestive functions. This form of treatment has been said to provide long-term symptomatic relief.

7.     Facial/Dental Pain Relief

Acupuncture helps to provide treatment of dental pain by stabilizing the points of contact or occlusion between the teeth with a mouth guard or oral splint. Research also concludes that acupuncture is effective in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, or intense pain in the face.

8.     Reduces Risk of Stroke

Recent studies find that acupuncture treatment is associated with a decreased risk of epilepsy among male and female stroke patients ages 20-69 years.

9.     Injury Relief

Acupuncture is effective treatment for injuries such as sprains. It reduces pain and swelling in a matter of minutes, reducing healing time.

10.    Zero side effects

Perhaps most importantly, a huge benefit of acupuncture is the fact that this form of treatment causes zero side effects. This is a great advantage as compared to taking pain-relieving prescription medications that your body may or may not accept. 

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Pauline Haugen