What is Acupuncture and How Does It Help?

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To someone new to exploring holistic healing forms, acupuncture might seem strange and unbelievable. Having been in existence and active use for about 2500 years, it’s something that a lot of people believe in and with good reason.

At Wulf Acupuncture, we believe in the importance of positive energy and its benefits to you. We strive to bring balance into the life of every patient we come across.

In this post, you will learn about acupuncture and how it can help you.

Let’s dive into it.

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves the insertion of thin needles through the skin at specific body points and to specific depths to balance energy and boost wellbeing.

It has been described as a minimally invasive technique of stimulating nerve-rich regions of the body to elicit a reaction from tissues, organs and glands of the body

Where Does Acupuncture Originate From?

It is grounded in the Chinese belief of the power of the life-giving force Qi(pronounced ‘Chi’. The human body is believed to be filled with invisible energy that requires proper flow and direction through the meridians of the body to maintain good health and any imbalance in this energy would result in the development of ill health.

Acupuncture is aimed at restoring and maintaining this balance and providing relief for different ailments.

Uses Of Acupuncture

Although acupuncture is most commonly used for pain, it can be used to relieve discomfort in a variety of ailments including:

  • Chronic Headaches and Migraines
  • Dental Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Allergies
  • Weight Loss
  • Stress Management
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Acne and Eczema
  • Morning Sickness etc.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture doesn’t hurt as much as you may think it does. A slight pinch or ache may be felt when the needle is being inserted and the resulting tingling or numbing feeling which you may feel afterwards is known as “de qi” and considered beneficial by acupuncturists.

Benefits of Acupuncture

1.   Stress Relief

Stress remains a major reason why many people seek acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture helps you lower your stress hormones, reduce anxiety and promote healthy emotions. 

2.   Acupuncture Helps in Relieving Tension Headaches.

Acupuncture can be a great remedy to frequent tension headaches. It has been used to treat headaches for thousands of years. It serves as a less invasive treatment option.

According to a study in 2016, people with tension headaches might get relief with about six acupuncture sessions.

3.   Mental Clarity and Energy

Acupuncture helps to clear your mind and introduce more positive energy that helps you maintain balance. It also improves the quality of your sleep which has a direct effect on your mental state.

4.   Helps with Migraines

In the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, a 2016 review showed that the addition of acupuncture to the treatment plan of people with migraines helps reduce the number of episodes.

5.   Helps with Low Back Pain

A report published in 2017 showed that acupuncture helped to decrease the intensity of back pain and improve back functions compared to those without acupuncture treatment.

6.   Helps With GastroIntestinal Issues

Acupuncture helps to treat gastrointestinal issues like indigestion, ulcers, weight gain and loss issues etc.

Connie Wulf is an acupuncturist in Sawgrass Village, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Here at Wulf Acupuncture, we are dedicated to making life easier for you using acupuncture.

If you’re around Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville Beach, Jacksonville and the surrounding areas, simply book a session and get to experience the wonders of acupuncture treatments.

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