What are the benefits of acupuncture? Here’s 3 science-based benefits
You might have heard of the ancient Chinese technique of acupuncture, but what exactly is it? And what are the benefits of this alternative medicine?
On the surface, you could be fooled into thinking that the art of acupuncture would cause you more pain than relief. But in fact, acupuncture is used to relieve pain and restore your body’s overall balance.
“Acupuncture works by stimulating certain pressure points within the body,’ trained acupuncturist Denise Callaghan, who is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and The British Medical Acupuncture Council, explains. “The stimulation of these pressure points releases endorphins and allows the free flow of energy continue. It’s been used for more than 3000 years to help maintain the body’s overall balance.”
With the end of March marking Acupuncture Awareness Week, we’d thought we explain what this form of holistic healing is and detail the many science-backed benefits it brings.
- It can ease headaches and migraines
Headaches and migraines are notoriously difficult to treat effectively, and they can be the cause of a considerable amount of distress.
However, acupuncture has been used to treat a wide variety of headaches and the results obtained have been very encouraging. One report found: “Acupuncture has been shown to be a safe, efficacious, and readily available alternative therapy which may be beneficial to certain migraine patients.”
- It can ease painful periods by up to 50%
As its name suggests, period pain can be pretty painful. For some suffers it can be debilitating. Acupuncture has been used to treat painful periods for centuries but new research has shown that it can ‘significantly’ reduce period pain by at least 50% for up to a year.
But don’t just take our word for it. A 2018 journal concluded “Acupuncture might reduce menstrual pain and associated symptoms more effectively compared to no treatment or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and the efficacy could be maintained during a short-term follow-up period.”
- It can help boost your fertility chances
We recently wrote about why acupuncture is a key part of your pregnancy planning. That’s because we know that getting pregnant isn’t always easy. And according to the NHS, around 1 in 7 couples in the UK may have difficulty conceiving. But that’s where acupuncture can help out.
It’s been proven that acupuncture can:
- Enhance egg quality
- Regulate and optimise Oestrogen, Progesterone, FSH and Testosterone.
- Regulate ovulation, optimise menstrual cycle
- Increase endometrial receptivity, promote implantation
- Improve sperm quantity, mobility and quality
- Enhance thickness of endometrium; optimise temperature
Pointing you in the right direction
If you are troubled by any of these problems, or you are in pain, or you are suffering from allergies, please don’t suffer in silence. Book in for a treatment today or drop me an email to find out more how acupuncture could help you.