Acupuncture is the offering from Chinese Traditional Medicine practice that involves inserting of needles in various parts of the body with an aim to treat certain diseases. This method of curing diseases is based on the idea of pressing the nerves in such a way that promotes release of ‘feel good’ hormones such as serotonin. Opioids and dopamine release is also stimulated and their release is associated with the curing of pain.
This method came into practice some 2500 years ago in the country of China and every year it is undergoing evolution. The practice is being adopted religiously in various parts of the world including US and other western countries. Since this method of treatment has not produced any harmful side-effects so far, it has become a preferred way of curing diseases even in the most developed part of the world.
It is a common misconception that acupuncture may hurt, as it involves piercing of needles. But, surprisingly this method is being used to provide relief to the patients of chronic pain. In fact, curing pain is one of the prime benefits for which this treatment method is used.
Here are some of the other benefits observed by the users of acupuncture:
- Reduces inflammation: Osteoarthritis is one of the medical conditions characterized by the pain and inflammation in joints. With the help of acupuncture, practitioners reduce the swelling in joints and ease these off the pain too.
- Cures neck pain, headache etc: As mentioned earlier, it is quite effective in curing pain; of various pains, headaches caused due to migraine or sinus can be cured to maximum satisfaction with this needle-based treatment method.
- Treats muscle spasms: Spasm is caused normally due to certain kind of blocks in the nerves. Needles pressed in a certain way help dissolve the blockage and regulate the movement of sensations across the nervous system. Thus, this method cures muscular spasms effectively.
- Treats moodiness or depression: Serotonin is a feel good hormone which is released when the needles stimulate the area of the brain that releases it. Thus, this age old technique of treating pain is now being used for curing depression and moodiness too.
Medicine is an ever-evolving field and the progress made in the field of acupuncture is outstanding. In fact, even the victims of dreadful diseases like cancer etc are also now being treated with the help of this treatment. Try it to believe it!