Acupuncture has taken the world by storm. It is now a widely practiced method, to offer relief from pain. This process is led by penetrating needles into the skin. These needles are activated through very gentle movements.
Acupuncture has become a wonderful alternative medicine for chronic pain patients. But is it worth it? Is the hype accurate? Let’s find out.
Acupuncture for Chronic Pain:
Studies have proven that acupuncture is effective for chronic pain. It works by stimulating the central nervous system. Through the stimulation, the chemicals in the muscles, brain, and spinal cord are activated.
As the method focuses on altering the biochemicals of the human body, it aims to stimulate the healing ability of an individual. It further boosts the mental and physical well-being of the patient too.
NIH studies are under process but many have been done and completed which clearly state that acupuncture is an effective treatment. And it can prove further helpful when combined with conventional therapies.
It can be used to treat the following disorders:
- Nausea triggered by chemotherapy or surgery anesthesia
- Lower back pain
Studies and researches predict that it also can be used for stroke rehabilitation, but further evidence is required.
Conditions that Can Benefit from Acupuncture:
Although acupuncture started off with the basic aim of providing relief from chronic pain. People used this method for treating arthritis and lower back pain. However, as extensive studies began in this field, this method is now being used for various medical dilemmas. And it is proving itself to be quite beneficial as well.
Here are a few conditions that can also benefit from this alternative medical practice:
- It can be helpful in digestive problems, i.e. hepatitis, gastritis and irritable bowel syndrome.
- It is also beneficial for emotional dilemmas. For example, it can treat depression, anxiety, insomnia and excessive nervousness.
- It might be helpful for menstrual pain as well. And might aid with infertility issues. However, further research is required for this specific field, and nothing can be stated definitely about it.
- It is one of the best practices for muscle issues. From cramps to back pain and from sciatica to arthritis; this medical practice is extremely beneficial.
- Lastly, acupuncture is also used for neurological problems like headaches, migraines, strokes and Parkinson’s diseases.
As research is still under process, about this medical practice, many conditions still require in-depth study at the moment. It is further expected that acupuncture can treat respiratory and bladder complications.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
As the scientific study is limited in this regard, it is essential to discuss your concerns and medical conditions with the practitioner before opting for this medical practice. Always choose a licensed practitioner and be very careful when hiring one.
Consider the cost and discuss it with your doctor if you have any medical conditions or are under any treatment.
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