When people think of Acupuncture there is sometimes a misconception of large needles covering the body, but this could not be further from the truth. The stereotype is derived from TV and film, where artistic licence often exaggerates aspects of treatment for dramatic effect.
Acupuncture is a gentle and arguably safer treatment than most modern methods and is becoming more widely recognised within western medicine. Acupuncture treatments are now available on the NHS and due to the promising and consistent results, it is more regularly recommended by GPS.
Not only is it a treatment that can be used on a variety of ailments, it can also work in conjunction with prescribed medication, helping to reduce unpleasant and unnecessary side effects.
There are many benefits to receiving acupuncture treatments that most people aren’t aware of and so here we have listed a few that have had overwhelmingly positive results.
One of the biggest uses of acupuncture in recent years has been in cancer patients, either those in remission or those currently receiving chemotherapy.
There have been many studies carried out exploring the effect of acupuncture in this field which have shown many successful outcomes. Patients have found that with acupuncture, they are able to recover much quicker and their immune system feels boosted following treatments.
Studies have also found that patients quality of life is much better with less nausea, insomnia, and fatigue when receiving acupuncture treatments.
At Acupuncture That Works we pioneered a treatment protocol for patients suffering from hot flushes and the results of that study and details of ‘The Guy Protocol‘ can be found here.
Another key area that many doctors in the UK are recommending acupuncture for is pregnancy and post-partum care.
With acupuncture treatments being so well documented as helping patients to relax, reduce stress and anxiety it is the perfect treatment for pregnant women.
Unlike other medication which can cause harmful side effects to both the mother and child, acupuncture is a completely safe treatment that seeks to reduce any unpleasant pregnancy symptoms. It not only helps to ease the physical pain and tension expectant mothers may be experiencing but also the mental and emotional strain.
It is however important to ensure that you are being treated by a trained acupuncturist as there are certain points that they are advised to avoid stimulating during pregnancy.
Head pain, whether it be a headache or migraine is one of the most common illnesses in the world as we spend more and more time staring at screens.
As a result of it being so common, people are often reluctant to regularly rely on pills to relieve pain and are now seeing acupuncture as a more long-term and safer solution. Various studies have shown that in terms of chronic tension-based headaches, acupuncture can be a valuable tool.
It successfully reduced pain in patients and allowed them to feel more relaxed and less anxious than they were pre-treatment.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
There are continuous studies into acupuncture, looking to provide evidence that it can be an effective and safe treatment for a long list of sicknesses and viruses.
If you feel that you could benefit from a more natural approach to medicine, then it is worth looking into acupuncture. Not only could acupuncture help to relieve mental or physical pain you may be experiencing, it may also help set you on healthier and happier lifestyle path.