Many of you have probably heard of acupuncture therapy, but have you tried it? Acupuncture is most commonly known as a popular practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It first originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago and is continually evolving to this day.
This practice treats various conditions and also has many great benefits for the body. Let’s take a look at some of the most powerful science-based benefits of acupuncture therapy:
1 – Eases Back Ache
Back aches are one of the leading reasons why individuals undergo acupuncture therapy. This typically includes chronic pain such as back and neck pain, arthritis and shoulder pain. Living with these conditions makes life so much more complicated than it should be.
During a study conducted in 2012 by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, two groups of chronic pain sufferers were experimented on. One group was treated with acupuncture therapy and the other was a control group testing the placebo effect.
The results paint a clear picture. Those treated with acupuncture therapy saw a significant improvement in their back pain, while those in the placebo control group did not. Once again, science has shown that acupuncture therapy is a very effective treatment option for patients living with chronic pain.
2 – Boosts The Effectiveness Of Pharmaceuticals
Have you found that the side effects of some medications appear to be too strong for you? Well, acupuncture therapy can help!
According to a study in China, a low dose of Prozac used with acupuncture therapy was just as effective as a full dose of medication. The study showed a marked reduction in patients being treated for anxiety and depression. Additionally, the side effects of the drugs will subside and have less of an impact on you. This means the nausea or weight gain you may have experienced with past medications will be greatly reduced.
3 – Soothes The Burning In Your Stomach
A study conducted in Brazil showed that acupuncture therapy could help in alleviating heartburn and indigestion in pregnant women. When reviewing the data, the research team found that over 75% of test subjects saw a significant decline in heartburn intensity and antacid use. These individuals were all given a combination of acupuncture and medication, adding yet another science-backed benefit to the equation.
4 – Counteracts The Effects Of Radiation
Patients undergoing radiation treatments are likely to experience a variety of painful side effects. However, acupuncture therapy has been shown to positively impact perceived pain. Even though the side effects are still physically present, acupuncture actually helps the body to cope with the pain. This absence of pain perception can have a massive impact on quality of life for patients undergoing radiation therapy.
5 – Eases Persistent Headaches
Acupuncture therapy is also commonly used in the treatment of tension and migraine headaches. A review of eleven studies by the Center for Complementary Medicine at the University of Munich in 2009, concluded that acupuncture “could be a valuable non-pharmacological tool in patients with frequent chronic tension-type headaches.”
If you’re not reaping the benefits from over-the-counter pain medication, then acupuncture can be a powerful alternative to more serious drugs. As mentioned earlier, the University of Munich’s 2009 study also revealed that acupuncture therapy can drastically reduce the number of days you suffer from a headache. What’s more, it even suggested that headache intensity could be reduced as well.
6 – Acupuncture Therapy As Effective Weight Loss Treatment
Although not as well-documented as the other examples on this list, acupuncture therapy has definitely been seen to have a positive influence on obesity. According to research in Korea, it was found that acupuncture therapy led to a greater change in body weight than lifestyle changes or medications.
However, it must be noted that flaws in the studies make it difficult to see the longevity of these results. For those willing to try it, adding a weekly or monthly acupuncture session in addition to daily exercise and a healthy diet could be just the change you’ve been looking for.
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