Even conventional medicine can benefit from acupuncture. Acupuncture is one of the most common alternative therapies out there. In fact, there is a similar version of acupuncture that does not necessarily require a visit to see a practitioner for treatment to occur – acupressure. Acupuncture and acupressure are both very similar concepts – they stimulate acupoints, which are specially chosen sites where acupuncturists work. While acupuncture uses thin needles to stimulate these points, acupressure uses pressure in these areas. A recent study done in June this year showed that even when self-administered, “acupressure demonstrated promising preliminary support of efficacy for pain and fatigue reduction”. Both techniques are effective therapies to incorporate into your lifestyle.
The benefits of acupuncture:
- Helps the body fight cancer through the release of endorphins in the brain, which attacks cortisol and can help slow the growth of tumors
- Significantly improves immune function
- Has been shown to reduce symptoms of auto-immune disorders, particularly endometriosis.
- By controlling stress levels, acupuncture can help your body reduce and heal the devastating effects of chronic inflammation on the body
On top of this, acupuncture can be acceptable adjunct treatments for addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma,adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH).
So, needles scare you? Maybe try starting with acupressure instead. It can be performed while doing the EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) on your body, and help to decrease stress while increasing the body’s ability to tolerate pain.
So what are you waiting for? Give one of these methods a try, and see what impact they will have on your body.