Acupuncture is a complementary medical treatment that uses needles to stimulate certain points of the body through penetration. Its common usage is to reduce pain and treat a wide variety of medical conditions. This method of treatment was first developed in China and has been effective in treating pain and nausea. Here are five ways acupuncture can benefit your health.
Reduces Headaches and Migraines
In 2009, researchers from the Center for Complementary Medicine at the University of Munich found that acupuncture could be valuable in treating chronic headaches and migraines. Studies have shown that patients treated with this method have a higher chance of a decrease in headache frequency than those treated with standard medication. In addition, complementary medicine has the added advantage of fewer side effects than migraine medication.
Relieves Chronic Pain
Acupuncture’s most common use is treating chronic pain. This use has been the subject of much research. For example, recent studies show that acupuncture can reduce nearly 15% of pain caused by different conditions. It is especially popular for treating chronic knee pain, including pain caused by surgery, osteoarthritis, and aging.
Acupuncture causes the release of endorphins. These endorphins combined with normal neurotransmitters that affect nerve impulses can stop arthritis-related pain. Additionally, another form of treatment called BVA (Bee Venom Acupuncture) has shown positive results in the reduction of pain caused by arthritis.
Helps Prevent Nausea and Vomiting
Acupuncture has also been shown to help prevent nausea and vomiting. There is a specific point of pressure on the underside of the forearm that, when stimulated, reduces nausea and vomiting. A 2009 study shows that this treatment method is just as effective in the treatment of nausea as antiemetic drugs.
Treating anxiety with acupuncture has been widely studied. This includes general anxiety disorder, anxiety neurosis, and perioperative anxiety. Although there is not a wide understanding of the exact mechanism, clinical trials have shown that there is a positive correlation between this form of treatment and the reduction of anxiety. Treating anxiety with complementary medical options has many advantages. It can allow you to decrease your dosage of prescription medications. This means you can get relief from anxiety without the possibility of intense side effects caused by prescription drugs such as nausea, mood swings, and depression.
Acupuncture is a natural way to get relief from a wide variety of conditions including nausea, chronic pain, arthritis, and anxiety. If you are looking for treatment options in the Atlanta metro area, look no further than Lake Pointe Chiropractic. We offer a variety of chiropractic and wellness services. You can read more about our acupuncture services here. To make an appointment or learn more, call us at 770-974-5215, or contact us on our website.