Acupuncture started as a traditional practice of Chinese medicine. Traditionally, its uses are focused on actuating various bodily functions that may be working improperly, protecting the body against pathogens, warming the body, and transforming bodily fluids into other usable forms of energy or material.
Acupuncture in Houston works by inserting very fine disposable needles at different parts of the body. An acupuncturist picks points based on patient presentation including history, symptoms, face or tongue color, and pulses. Acupuncture produces effects that a patient can feel almost right away.
Even if there are still concerns over the use of acupuncture for treating some conditions, a lot of studies confirm its benefits such as the following:
Alleviating Chronic Pain
Many studies reveal that acupuncture can reduce pain up to 15% when used for various kinds of pain. However, it is mainly focused on chronic back pain that may be caused by physical stress, old injuries, and poor sleeping habits. Some people who experience knee pain also get relief through this practice.
Minimizing the Risk of Arthritis
Arthritis can be a debilitating health condition that impacts a lot of people in the world. Acupuncture can reduce the painful and debilitating effects of this disorder. The insertion of needles onto the meridians or energy channels cause the release of endorphins, often released during stress for an energy boost and to block pain receptors.
Acupuncture has been found to relieve migraines and headaches, both in terms of pain and frequency of attack. While the specific mechanisms to prevent such conditions through acupuncture around the neck, face, and scalp is not fully understood, studies have shown positive results that have been justified.
Although acupuncture alone may not help with the symptoms of insomnia, when used in conjunction with other remedies, it can help in dealing with sleeping difficulties. Different studies have revealed that it can help those who are suffering from pain sleep better and those who suffer from insomnia.
Acupuncture also offers indirect benefits. Although it may be able to directly address more serious conditions, it has been found to have benefits in terms of recovery. According to the National Cancer Institute in the United States, acupuncture can help patient immunity, healthy cell, and platelet counts, especially if used after chemotherapy. Although it’s not a cure for cancer, the practice can aid a patient’s recovery and improve the quality of life.