For the last several decades, western science thought acupuncture has the same effects placebo has to one’s sickness. But acupuncture has played a vital role in Chinese medicine dating back to 2,000 years ago. Recently, a study was performed on 18,000 people and proved that acupuncture truly is an effective alternative treatment for alleviating pain. After that breakthrough discovery, some doctors are now starting to recommend acupuncture as an alternative treatment.
According to Chinese medicine, acupuncture balances the chi, or the body’s natural flow of energy. It is said that when the chi is depleted, the body becomes prone to sickness. Acupuncture works to remove the obstructions that impede the flow of energy by treating acupoints relating to the illness suffered.
After many studies, acupuncture made its way from ancient Chinese medical practice to a part of western alternative treatments.
Here are ways acupuncture can help improve your health:
1. Relief for back ache
Acupuncturists say back ache is the leading reason why patients visit their clinic. Patients agree that acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic back pain. A study was conducted wherein simulated acupuncture was performed on a number of patients. Instead of inserting needles, pressure was applied on acupuncture points. Researchers saw that there was 15 percent greater improvement in the condition of patients as opposed to those who were receiving chiropractic treatment.
2. Reduce the effects of stress and anxiety
Many were skeptical as to how acupuncture can help alleviate stress and anxiety. This is because they could not understand the workings of the ancient medical practice. Just recently however, many acupuncture fans were ecstatic after it was announced that acupuncture really does reduce the effects of stress.
Dr. Ladan Eshkevari of the Georgetown University School of Nursing headed a research wherein rats were made to undergo electro acupuncture. Dr. Eshkevari targeted an acupoint below the knee and soon reported that rats who received stimulation in this area were 50 percent less stressed.
The study went on for 10 days and they soon found out that when the body is under stress, it releases an assortment of hormones into the bloodstream. The hypothalamus, pituitary gland and adrenal gland (HPA axis) releases hormones whenever the body is stressed which then triggers the fight or flight responses.