7 Positive Side Effects of Acupuncture
Most people find their love for acupuncture following initial treatment for musculoskeletal issues. Through treatment for existing pain, they become aware other aspects of their health are improving. Yes, acupuncture will help your neck, shoulder and lower back pain, but the benefits for your health and wellbeing are much more far-reaching. These are several positive side effects of acupuncture most often reported:
Improved sleep – within Chinese medicine, one falls asleep easily, sleeping consistently throughout the night, opening eyes only when the sun rises. One of the best side effects of regular acupuncture treatment is better sleep. Reducing pathological habits resulting in difficulty falling asleep, light sleeping, thirst at night, vivid dreaming, nocturia, waking at intervals and night sweating. Good sleep is a foundation to healing in the body and is always added as a treatment protocol if needed.
Digestion – What we eat is the easiest way to build more Qi (energy) and make us stronger. Acupuncture aids absorption and regulates digestion. In most treatment protocols the Spleen energy (digestion) is examined, with dietary and lifestyle advice. Repetitive injuries can be due to irregular diet or digestion issues, causing weakness.
Boosts immunity – As any imbalances are regulated in the body, acupuncture builds your bodies Qi and positively affects the T cells in the body, making one less susceptible to cold and flu as well as aiding unpleasant symptoms of the winter season.
Reduced Stress – Many people start noticing how much better they are coping with their stress. Often we hear how something previously bothersome no longer affects them. They are making better lifestyle choices for work-life balance and fitting more gentle exercise in. Acupuncture is one of the best ways to ward off the negative effects of stress on the body.
Reduced anxiety and depression – Research has shown that acupuncture greatly reduces anxiety and depression. It stimulates the neurotransmitters increasing serotonin and endorphins in the body.
Regulates the emotions – Often we get told that the highs and lows of emotions have evened out throughout treatment. People say the traffic is not making them angry, or they are not yelling at their children so much.
Regulate menstruation – Many women say a positive side effect in balancing the Qi in the body is that their menstrual cycle is better with reduced pain and less premenstrual symptoms.
Acupuncture is a holistic approach to healthcare providing individualised treatment.
We are ACC registered practitioners feel free to contact us to talk about any pain you might be experiencing or ask how acupuncture can help your body heal. We are available Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays at the Holistic Medical Centre. Visit www.acupunctureauckland.co.nz to contact us or make a reservation.