Acupuncture is a holistic approach that Asian holistic doctors have practiced since ancient times. The fact that this is still common practice not only in Asia, but also in the West since the 17th century, suggests that this is an effective method for healing physical and psychological conditions. There are many benefits from using acupuncture that includes healing, pain relief, weight reduction, treatments and preventions of diseases as well as relief from anxiety and depression.
Pain and Ache Relief
Acupuncture can effectively relieve muscle joint pain. People who are suffering from chronic fatigue can experience less pain after receiving acupuncture sessions. The method can also help increase their pain thresholds. For joint pain experienced on the knees, arms, neck, shoulders, legs and back, acupuncture provides and alternative, non-invasive treatment. Research posted on Interscience.wiley.com (see References) shows that acupuncture also reduces osteoarthritis, an arthritic pain condition felt in the knee, and epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow.
Acupuncture can offer relief to those who suffer from constant bouts of headaches and migraines. People can experience the calming and soothing effect during application of acupuncture on the pressure points that can remove the aches and pains from these conditions.
Anxiety and Depression Relief
A research study published by the American Journal of Psychiatry (see References), indicates that acupuncture may be a form of treatment for anxiety and depression. People who suffered from neurosis caused by anxiety and depression showed significant improvements in their outlook. Acupuncture can also relieve insomnia brought about by these conditions.
Weight Reduction and Increase Energy
Acupuncture can help in reducing the weight of obese individuals. A process called electroacupuncture is a type of alternative therapy that decreases the levels of the serum total cholesterol, triglyceride and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in obese people. Patients also experience an increase in energy that helps boost metabolism after treatment.
Acupuncture provides a hypo-aldosteronemic effect, which is a condition that affects most people with high blood pressure. Acupuncture reduces polypeptides beta-endorphins that cause high-blood pressure.
Patients suffering from angina can also benefit from acupuncture, which helps reduce the myocytes or muscle cells that surround the heart region. Stroke patients can also benefit from acupuncture treatments, whether they suffer from chronic or acute paralysis, by helping them recover.
Acupuncture also helps improve the immune system to control rhinitis and asthma caused by allergies.