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Should you get Acupuncture?

Most of us are unaware of the benefits of holistic Chinese traditional treatment methods like acupuncture. At the same time, many of us with partial knowledge of the process find the prospect of pricking needles in one’s body absolutely terrifying. 

But did you know that if you set up a regular check-up with an acupuncturist, you can significantly reduce the number of times you may have to consult your doctor? It may seem surprising, particularly if you are unaware of how beneficial acupuncture can be.

If you have been considering exploring alternative remedies for various health issues, acupuncture is a safe and effective choice, and through this article, you will learn why. Let’s learn in detail about acupuncture, how you can benefit from it, and where you can seek the therapy.

What is acupuncture and the philosophy behind it 

Acupuncture is a treatment method that entails the use of thin steel needles. The needles are mostly intended for single use and inserted into the skin to stimulate the specific meridian points and pathways on the body. The process aims to provide relief from various health conditions or symptoms. 

The practice of acupuncture is derived from traditional Chinese medicinal practices dating back almost 2000 years. However, scientific evidence endorses the effectiveness of the therapy for multiple health conditions. 

The Chinese philosophy behind acupuncture is based on the belief that the human body is recharged by a life-giving force or energy, which they refer to as “qi .”The human body interacts with and is influenced by the environmental and life aspects, including our emotional states, diet, seasons and time etc. 

For optimal health, the qi or life energy needs to flow unhindered through the body’s meridian points, and that can only happen if there is harmony among the mind, body, and spirit. The body will experience good mental and physical health if the qi flows unobstructed. However, a disruption in the flow of qi through the body can be a precursor to various ailments.

The underlying principle is that physical and mental health is interrelated. If you are stressed or anxious, your physical health will suffer too. Acupuncture aims to improve the harmony between the mind and body by helping the body achieve balance in qi and consequently provide relief from health issues.

Benefits of acupuncture

Now that you have learned what acupuncture is let’s learn about how acupuncture works and the various health conditions that acupuncture can treat.

Our body has hundreds of acupuncture points along with the 14 major meridian points, which are the energy-transmitting channels. The needles inserted during acupuncture are intended to stimulate the body’s systems and provide the following impacts.

  • React to an ailment or existing symptom in the body
  • Regain balance in the body
  • Stimulate the release of natural chemicals like endorphins and neurotransmitters to help provide relief from pain and regulate nerve impulses.

While acupuncture may not be a cure-all but there is a reason why it has been around for more than 2000 years. It is believed to help with countless conditions and symptoms. Different individuals are interested in acupuncture for different reasons. Here are some health conditions that can be treated successfully via acupuncture.

  • Chronic pain
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension and strokes 
  • Migraines 
  • Sprains or sports injury
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Multiple forms of allergies
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Nausea and morning sickness
  • Labour pain
  • Chemotherapy issues

You can benefit from acupuncture if you have any of these conditions. However, that is not all. There are long-term benefits to getting acupuncture, and they apply to everyone. Here are a few listed below.

It offers a different perspective on health

Once you start getting regular sessions with an acupuncturist, you will begin looking at your health from an entirely different perspective. You will be able to have a better understanding of how you can control and improve your health. 

Eventually, you may find yourself relying less and less on mainstream medicinal treatment methods. You may also find yourself relying less on the medications usually prescribed to you.

Offers prevention

Traditional Chinese medicine is aimed at prevention. Acupuncturists are trained to identify underlying problems that can be a precursor to a health issue in the future. For instance, if you have decreased immunity, it may initially manifest in the form of symptoms like fluctuations in body temperature, insomnia, and fatigue.

With acupuncture, you may experience a boost in immunity and a balance in your hormones, thus improving general well-being.

It helps you stay pain-free

Many of us suffer from aches and pains for one reason or the other. Individuals with chronic pain tend to rely on opioids or other pain relief medicine. However, according to research, acupuncture can prove to be even more effective than opioids and other medications. So, if you suffer from pain due to a certain health condition like arthritis, you can seek acupuncture therapy for pain relief.

Provides relief from stress

Acupuncture is truly relaxing. It stimulates the release of hormones and chemicals to affect the body’s physiological state. By the end of the session, you will feel considerably relaxed, and the feeling can last for days. Thus, if you feel overwhelmed or stressed, consider getting an appointment with a licensed acupuncturist and feel the difference instantly.

Can help save money

With regular acupuncture sessions, you may find yourself visiting hospitals or your doctor less frequently and may not feel the need for as many medicines as you did before. Thus, in the long run, you can save money.  

If you had issues with stress and anxiety in the past and it affected your energy levels and performance at work, you may experience an improvement in your mood and energy and thus become more productive in your professional and personal life.

What happens during acupuncture

It is important to get acupuncture from a credited facility with trained professionals who employ the right technique and equipment to administer the procedure. Fluid Spa offers acupuncture services for restoring balance in the body and providing pain relief.

You can book an appointment via telephone or drop by the facility. The first appointment will include a consultation session in which the acupuncturist will ask questions to assess your health condition. If you are up for it, the professional will examine your body to assess areas that respond to acupuncture.

Your body will be tapped with needles into points in the skin throughout your body. Do not be apprehensive about feeling pain from the needles. Acupuncturists at Fluid Spa employ sterile, single-use needles which are very thin. The needles are inserted at various depths, the furthest being a couple of inches, and will stay in this position from anywhere between a few minutes to 15-20 minutes.

Thus if you are suffering from any issue, including general pain, headache, dental pain, back or neck pain, sports injury, labor pain or menstrual cramps, allergies, digestive disorders, or require assistance with chemotherapy for cancer, book an appointment at Fluid Spa today for an effective and satisfying acupuncture session.

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