Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that has been around for thousands of years. Yet, here in the United States there are still many who do not understand acupuncture and even doubt the legitimacy of its benefits. Fortunately, as time goes by, more and more people are beginning to educate themselves, take advantage of, and find relief with acupuncture. Even insurance companies are continuing to see the positive effects it can have and are including it in their coverage plans.
For those of you who still are unfamiliar with the benefits of acupuncture, here are a few reasons why you may want to learn more:
Acupuncture is for more than just pain
While the use of acupuncture for pain, both chronic and acute, is common and effective, acupuncture can also be used to treat a wide variety of conditions ranging from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to infertility. Acupuncture can also be used as complimentary care in conjunction with Western treatments for more serious diseases like HIV/AIDS and cancer. Continuous studies are being conducted to show the role acupuncture can play in the treatment these conditions and many are showing positive results.
Acupuncture can significantly increase your sense of well being
Acupuncture works to treat the mind as well as the body. Many patients will experience a feeling of calmness while on the table which can continue long after their treatment. Anxiety, depression, and stress are common conditions treated by alternative medicine. We believe that the mind is affected by the body just as the body is affected by the mind and by treating the whole person, we can address underlying mental and emotion issues, even if they aren’t discussed.
Acupuncture is about prevention
Many of our patients come to us as a last resort for a chronic condition. With continued treatment, most find not only relief from their symptoms but also an overall improved quality of health. This is because acupuncture works to bring the body back into balance and functioning properly. When the body is healthy, it can more easily fight off disease. Often patients who have graduated from treatment will still come in for occasion “tune-up” because they have come to know its many benefits.
Each year, the popularity of acupuncture and alternative medicine continues grow. There are several accredited schools in the United States dedicated solely to Chinese medicine. Only a licensed practitioner who has met the high standards and requirements is eligible for licensing.
This article was contributed by Laura Metzdorff, L.Ac., a California State licensed Acupuncturist and practitioner at Earth and Air Wellness Center in Walnut Creek, CA, and health and wellness blogger at Cultivate Your Wellness.