The rise of acupuncture
Acupuncture treatments are on the rise in the UK. It was once considered a quirky kind of alternative therapy. But now, it is growing in recognition.
It is very well researched. In fact, it is probably the most research form of complementary therapy there is.
And the number of people receiving acupuncture treatments may well surprise you. Even a decade ago, there were as many as 4 million individual sessions a year.
There is growing confidence in its effectiveness. And research has shown repeatedly that there are no long term side effects. So, more and more people are giving it a go.
But what treatments is it effective for? Let’s take a look.
What do most people use acupuncture treatments for?
Evidently, the major reason that people go for treatments is for musculoskeletal problems. Typically, these will be for back, shoulder, neck and knee pain. This is perhaps due to the ability for the treatment to offer such immediate relief.
Acupuncture helps to release endorphins into the body. These endorphins are great for helping to decrease the painful symptoms you may be suffering. The endorphins are a fast-acting and natural source of pain release. And for many people who look to minimize medication, a preferred alternative.
But in addition, the treatment is often used to help ease neurological issues. In particular, to help alleviate problems with headaches and migraines.
According to the American Migraine Foundation, there is evidence supporting the use of acupuncture. In a systematic review, they found that the frequency of headaches halved. Also, that well over half of those trialed experienced relief. And furthermore, that the relief could last up to 6 months.
Many people who suffer from migraines turn to acupuncture as a last alternative. And often, they are delighted with the results. As with neuromuscular issues, sufferers are often glad not to have to resort to using medication.
What other conditions can acupuncture treat?
There is mounting clinical evidence that acupuncture can help in numerous ways. There are positive findings for its ability to help with the following: –
- Stroke patients
- Women suffering from morning sickness
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Some types of both hypotension and hypertension
- Acute and Chronic gastritis
And this list is not exhaustive. It does, however, include some of the more common complaints that it helps to deal with.
A final thought
There is a tendency in the West to try and pinpoint certain conditions. We want to know the exact source of a problem and match it to the exact remedy.
That is only one way of looking at a problem. A good acupuncturist will evaluate your overall health and lifestyle. And the bigger goal of the treatment is to help to restore physical, emotional and mental balance.
Many patients are relieved to find a treatment for the primary source of their pain. But are often surprised to find other health issues start to clear too. And that they benefit from a better overall sense of wellbeing.