The traditional medicine of acupuncture is believed to re-balance your flow of energy when the needles are entered into specific pathways, or meridians.
Contrary, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body’s natural painkillers and increases blood flow.
But what else can acupuncture do to help you?
Acupuncture can help Relieve Depression Symptoms: Receiving acupuncture just once a week can help your mood by regulating the “happy- making” neurotransmitters (Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, and Endorphins) in your brain. In fact, studies show that the results are similar to counseling, and that patients feel better within about 3 months.
Headaches could be a thing of the past: Research shows that after about 20 sessions of electro-acupuncture monthly migraines were reported to decrease significantly. This is because blood flow to the area the needles are inserted increase when the vessels around the needle dilate. It is to be noted, however, that because of the increased relaxation state your body may feel after your first initial acu appointment, a migraine can feel worse. This is a short term effect though.
Boost your Immune System: Well-placed needles can boost the activity of immune cells that seek out and destroy infection.
Menopause can be More Comfortable: Because acupuncture can help regulate body temperature, research shows that acupuncture can decrease the severity and/or frequency of hot flashes for up to 3 months after treatment.
Weight Loss is Easier: Along with a 2,000 calories diet and frequent exercise (15 minutes a day), those who also received acupuncture were able to lose an average of 10 lbs. vs those who did not receive acupuncture (3 lbs.) over a 2 week-4 month time span.