Acupuncture has been a bit of a mystery to many of us in the West, how can sticking a needle in the big toe clear a headache?
For the last 40 years we have been trying to get our heads around this traditional Chinese method of health care.
Whilst the scientists and researchers have been trying to determine the physiological mechanisms to explain the effects of the acupuncture needles, growing numbers of us have been seeking acupuncture treatment without waiting for the scientific answers.
Recent surveys suggest that up to 10% of us have tried acupuncture and that number is increasing every year.
Due to the popularity of acupuncture and it’s accepted benefits, it is now common to find acupuncture practiced, not only by practitioners who have a degree level qualification in the traditional Chinese approach to this art, but also, Western medical practitioners such as doctors, nurses and physiotherapists.
Western medical practitioners tend to use a more simplified form of acupuncture practice, and are more limited in the range of conditions they can treat than fully qualified practitioners of this ancient healing art.
As the interest in studying acupuncture grows, the number of accepted conditions that it can help grows as well. Low back pain, asthma, addiction, headaches, migraines, tennis elbow, infertility, osteoarthritis, and the side effects of chemotherapy are all part of the growing list of conditions that acupuncture has been shown to help.
Possibly the most widely researched, and most common condition that clients have treatment for, is pain.
In one study, described as “the largest, longest and most rigorous study of acupuncture” ever taken, acupuncture treatment was found to not only reduce pain, but to also improve function and movement for clients with osteoarthritis of the knee.
One of the main advantages of acupuncture treatment for osteoarthritis over conventional drug therapy, is the lack of unwanted side effects.
There are a number of mechanisms shown to be affected by acupuncture, the release of hormones, activating anti-inflammatory chemicals and disabling receptors. Additionally there is significant evidence to show that acupuncture has a powerful action on the release of endorphins, the natural pain killing chemicals of the body.
With the growing body of knowledge that is showing that acupuncture is not only effective, but safe, now might be a good time to give it a try and see how it can benefit your health.
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