Acupuncture is a form of medicine that traces its origin to China and has for centuries been used for various conditions. Despite some records showing the ancient practice being used several hundreds of years back, it only gained huge popularity and recognition in the US and Western Europe in the late twentieth century. It involves the insertion of thin needles via a patient’s skin at certain points on the body. Here’s a look some of the numerous benefits of acupuncture.
1. Promotes blood flow
Normal blood circulation is very important since literally everything needed for the healing process in the body is contained in blood ─ oxygen, nutrients immune substances, hormones, painkillers (analgesics) and anti-inflammatories. It helps promote and maintain optimal health. Unfortunately, blood flow is affected by factors such as age, trauma, injuries and various diseases. Acupuncture has been proven to have an increasing effect on blood flow & vasodilation in some parts of the body.
2. Stress reduction
This is perhaps one of the key systemic effects of the practice. Recent research points out that it can stimulate the release of the hormone oxytocin that handles regulating the parasympathetic nervous system. It also removes you from a state of continuous sympathetic dominance and helps you release the hard feelings. At the end, you’ll feel less affected by the issues that were troubling you and were better able to handle different stressful aspects.
3. Boost energy
Although most acupuncture patients often find themselves in “acu land” — dazed and blissfully relaxed state – after treatment, this is usually followed by a boost in energy levels in the body. Many people report feeling more energetic in the days or even weeks after treatment. You find that you’re able to avoid post-lunch coma and feel more motivated to work out among others.
4. Improves sleep
Sleeping problems such as insomnia are some of the common complaints that acupuncturists attend to and, thankfully, this popular practice can be effective at helping them. Even patients who don’t recognize or mention such problems can also benefit. Acupuncture can help produce more quality sleep and restful nights.
5. Releases natural painkillers
When the thin needles are inserted through the skin, a signal is sent to the brain and in turn chemicals like endorphins, enkephalin and norepinephrine are released. These are natural painkillers that help alleviate the pain much more quickly than morphine.
6. Treats respiratory disorders
If you are suffering from respiratory disorders including common cold, sinusitis, bronchitis and asthma, you can benefit by undergoing the treatment. Acupuncture Phoenix helps relieve the symptoms and even completely eliminate the illness.