Acupuncture isn’t that scary! Did you know acupuncture needles are just a fraction of the size of needles used to draw blood? 💉 It’s World Acupuncture Day.. so let’s talk acupuncture! ✨ Acupuncture stimulates parasympathetic nervous system activity and endorphin release to promote relaxation and pain relief. It also affects hormones, reduces inflammation, acts on multiple painpathways, and affects circulation. It’s safe, sterile and can be useful for all sorts of things when performed well. No, the needles are not re-used! 😛 Naturopathic Doctors are trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture and learn about how points and organ channels can impact your body. It can be a great modality to add to your treatment plan! It's been used for thousands of years in China and it involves stimulating specific points on meridians mapped out on the body. We insert needles through the skin with a quick and painless tap and push of the needle. In TCM, a dull achy sensation indicates that Qi or energy is flowing! Acupuncture can also be used locally in muscles or trigger points to relieve pain, muscle tension and bring blood flow to the area for healing👌 🔎 Evidence of positive effect: • chronic back pain, knee osteoarthritis • allergic rhinitis, headache, migraine prevention • post-operative nausea, vomiting and pain 🔎 Evidence of potential positive effect: • anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, neck pain • menopausal hot flashes, endometriosis pain, restless legs, constipation, IBS and the list goes on.. the research is growing!
Have you given acupuncture a try? How did it feel?
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