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Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing art that has been rediscovered by the modern Western world. Although it is considered a “pseudoscience” by Wikipedia, every year tens of millions of patients visit their acupuncturists for treatment. (Dalu, do you mean around the world?) If you are still a little hesitant to try acupuncture, here are 3 reasons why you should give it a try.
Pain-related conditions is the topic that is researched the most by modern science when it comes to acupuncture. There are numerous studies on how acupuncture can help relieve the pain in your back, head, joints and stomach. A well-known theory is that acupuncture can trigger the body to release certain hormones that can influence the brain and the pain receptors. Therefore, it has a pain release effect on the body. In my practice, pain is the most common reason why people come in to get poked. If you are experiencing body and joint pain, headaches and migraines, or even menstrual cramps, acupuncture is something you should consider as an alternative to pain medications.
This is partially related to the first reason as pain gives people a great deal of stress, especially chronic pain. By reducing the pain, your body receives relief from the stress that is caused by the pain. However, even if you do not suffer from any pain, acupuncture is still a good treatment for stress relief. Most of my acupuncture patients, regardless of their chief complaints, reported that during and after the acupuncture session, they felt deeply relaxed. One patient of mine who came in recently said that every time he comes in for acupuncture, it is like going on a mini vacation! So, if you don’t have the time or money to go to Europe or Hawaii, at least you can find a good acupuncturist near you to serve as a “medical resort” for your burned-out body and mind to take a break and recharge.
If you don’t have any pain and you manage your stress very well through various mind-body practices, can you still benefit from getting acupuncture treatment? The answer is YES! Acupuncture, as an essential part of Chinese medicine, is a holistic medical treatment. It achieves its therapeutic goals? by addressing the underlying health issues holistically, not by focusing narrowly on symptom control, in contrast to Western medicine’s approach.
What do I mean by that? Imagine there is a giant iceberg floating in the Arctic Ocean. What we can see is just the tip of the iceberg. The signs and symptoms that can be perceived by our consciousness is like the tip above the water. Underwater, there is a much larger block of ice that is out of the reach of our consciousness. What acupuncture can do is to reduce the volume of the underwater body that gives rise to the tip of the iceberg. Obviously this is not a perfect analogy, but you get the idea.
There are more and more studies which suggest that acupuncture has a holistic effect on the body’s immune function, circulation, digestive function and nervous system—all are fundamental to our health. According to the philosophy behind Chinese medicine, the best defense against disease is to improve our own health. From that perspective, acupuncture can be considered as a useful natural therapy to prevent disease by maintaining a balance within the body.
These are the 3 reasons why I personally think you should try acupuncture. If you have different opinions or any questions about acupuncture, feel free to leave your comments below. I would be more than happy to answer your questions. If you have decided to give it a try, please click the button below to book your first acupuncture visit!
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