It might be difficult to believe that sticking needles in one’s body would relieve pain instead of causing more of it, but acupuncture is a centuries-old treatment with proven results. This long-practiced Chinese medical remedy relieves a myriad of physical ailments and enables those who receive acupuncture to be less dependent on medications.
Relieves Site-Specific Chronic Pain
For those who suffer from chronic back or knee pain, this might be a promising solution. There is a slight emphasis on “might be” because various studies about acupuncture relief of knee-pain come to different conclusions. However, coupled with the other consistent benefits that acupuncture has shown to have, this treatment is worth looking into when considering how to alleviate persistent pain. There is limited testing on the effects of acupuncture for chronic pain in multiple sclerosis patients, which makes it difficult to prescribe it as an effective treatment on its own.
Acupuncture can also be an attractive substitute for migraine and headache medications. It is useful in not only reducing migraine pain but also how often they occur. Additionally, acupuncture has fewer side effects than heavy doses of migraine/headache medications are known for having. If your headache or migraine is stemming from chronic neck pain, you’ll be a happy acupuncture patient. Neck pain is one of the maladies that acupuncture has consistently proven it can treat effectively.
Prevents Nausea and Vomiting
Acupuncture also relieves other discomforts besides pain: nausea. During an acupuncture procedure, the patient’s hand will be faced palm up, and the acupuncturer will apply pressure to an area of the arm just below the wrist. This pressure point is known to calm nausea and urges to vomit. This technique is shown to be equally effective as other prescriptions to treat nausea without as many side effects.
For chemotherapy patients who often experience nausea as a side effect of the chemo, acupuncture abates nausea and vomiting the day they get their treatment. However, it is not shown to affect a patient's immediate response to nausea, or delayed onset of symptoms.
Minimizes Heartburn and Indigestion
There is also hope for chronic digestive issue sufferers. In a study conducted by the British Medical Acupuncture Society, involving 42 pregnant women who suffered from a digestive issue known as dyspepsia, aka indigestion, acupuncture was shown to make a positive impact on the women who received the treatment. Studies are currently being conducted to determine if the claim that acupuncture can treat digestive issues can be applied to the general public.
While it is unclear exactly how acupuncture lessens one’s anxiety, studies show that not only can acupuncture lessen anxiety, but it can also enable patients to take lower doses of medications used to treat anxiety. The treatable anxiety includes generalized anxiety and anxiety neurosis. This can be especially important if someone is looking for an option to help stop or reduce drug side effects.
Try acupuncture today. Contact Reaves Chiropractic to find out if you’re a good candidate!