Acupuncture is becoming an increasingly popular choice for treating chronic pain, in times when conventional medicine fails or is not recommended due to unpleasant side effects of pain medication.
More importantly, acupuncture is safe, according to Dr Lucy Chen who is a practising acupuncturist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr Chen says the potential side effects of using acupuncture is low compared with pain medication, while the benefits are aplenty. Research has shown that acupuncture reduces pain by 50% in patients, which is the equivalent of pain relief provided by pain medications.
When do you need acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture is generally not recommended for treating new pain. Dr Chen recommends patients to visit a doctor and obtain a proper diagnosis of the possible causes of pain before trying alternative treatments. This is because acupuncture mainly serves as a complementary treatment, and is not meant to replace conventional medical therapies, especially if the cause of pain is related to other underlying medical conditions in the patient.
However, when traditional medical therapies, injections and medication fail to provide pain relief, acupuncture could just be the answer.
If You Have Persistent Back Pain
Chronic pain is the most common reason people turn to acupuncture, and it has shown great success in relieving pain when conventional treatments – massage, injections, and pain medications have not worked. Acupuncture works by inserting hair-thin needles into specific points throughout the body that are rich in nerves, thereby influencing the tissues and glands of the body and improving blood circulation to the affected area. This promotes wound healing and reduces the sensation of chronic pain.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions such as chronic back, neck, shoulder, muscular pain, headache, arthritis, nerve pain and post-surgical pain. Women who experience menstrual pain will also benefit from acupuncture as it regulates the period cycle and relieves stress.
If You Are Falling Sick Frequently
A weak immune system makes you prone to falling sick. Acupuncture helps boost the body’s immunity against common illnesses such as colds and infections by stimulating the production of white blood cells in the body.
Acupuncture is also a natural treatment for allergies. There are several meridian points around the stomach, spleen and large intestine that releases lymphocytes, which triggers an allergic reaction from runny noses to puffy eyes. Acupuncture may even prevent allergy symptoms with long-lasting results. In many cases, patients who undergo regular acupuncture sessions can gradually reduce their reliance on antihistamine medication and eventually stop taking it altogether.
If You Want To Boost Fertility
As acupuncture has a positive impact on the menstrual cycle, it is often used in conjunction with fertility programs to increase the chances of conceiving. Research has shown acupuncture in fertility treatments works wonders for both men and women. In men, acupuncture has a beneficial impact on sperm formation and it increases the blood flow to the ovaries in women. Recent studies have also shown acupuncture increases the likelihood of successful IVF embryo transfer by 50%.
If You Are Trying To Lose Weight
Instead of relying on quick fads to lose weight, why not try a safe and natural method for weight loss? Acupuncture helps to promote weight loss by increasing the body metabolism, suppressing appetite and improves digestion. Good digestive system secrets enzymatic fluids that break down fat more effectively. Acupuncture suppresses appetite by stimulating the release of serotonin and beta-endorphins that regulates moods and prevents over-eating, while the stimulation of thyroid glands speeds up metabolism, allowing the body the burn more fat naturally.
If You Are Experiencing Hair Loss
Poor blood circulation around the scalp and hormonal imbalances are frequently the main factors behind hair loss. In restoring hormonal balance, the three organs linked to hair growth (kidneys, liver and spleen) must first be assessed to determine which organ is off balance. Next, acupuncture treatments along the hairline are recommended to correct the imbalances and restore balance to the scalp. Acupuncture also increases blood flow to the scalp that helps to stimulate the hair follicles to regrow hair.
TCM Acupuncture Treatments
Acupuncture has a wide range of benefits, however, it is not a quick-fix solution to all health problems. Acupuncture results are gradual and cumulative, and works best when paired with a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
If you are interested to schedule an acupuncture session, Joyre TCMedi Spa offers TCM Acupuncture treatments for a variety of issues, ranging from general wellness to fertility, slimming and hair loss issues. Our in-house practitioners are professionally certified and will conduct a detailed consultation with you before performing the acupuncture treatments. Our practitioners may also recommend a combination of acupuncture with other Chinese herbs and TCM therapies for best results.