Most people who have heard about acupuncture know that it can be an excellent treatment for pain relief. And based on how my patients respond I’d certainly agree with that.
On the other hand, acupuncture isn’t only good for pain relief. In fact, there is a long list of other conditions that respond well to this approach.
For anyone not familiar, acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing art based on the idea that vital energy flows along pathways in the body. This flow can be regulated by inserting very fine, hair-like needles at specific points along these pathways.
The basis for this approach is the view that all illness, whether accompanied by pain or not, results from fundamental imbalances in the body. Stimulating the right points triggers the body to re-establish it’s naturally balanced state. When balance returns, symptoms leave.
In addition to pain, acupuncture treats more systemic problems as well. Here is a short list of some of these conditions:
- High blood pressure
- Digestive disorders
- Stress-related complaints
- Weakened immune system
- Seasonal allergies
As you can see, imbalances show up in many ways. The beauty of acupuncture is that unlike many drugs, there are no side effects to deal with. This is because we’re working with the body’s own natural tendency to move back into balance.
Acupuncture isn’t just about pain relief, it’s also a great tool to help your body return to a more balanced, and therefore healthier state.