Is it possible that you’re just a few small needles away from feeling really happy? In case you don’t know quite what it is, acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice that involves inserting very thin needles into the body. And it’s pretty well-tested. In fact, for more than 2000 years, acupuncture has been used to treat a variety of health issues.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, our bodies are made up of many channels, each housing energy referred to as Qi (pronounced “Chee”). When there are blockages or restrictions in Qi, that’s when ailments develop. Acupuncture works by restoring the body’s balance of energy which in turn, allows the body to heal and overcome illness or injuries.
No pain, no disease; that sounds like happiness to me!
Here are just some of the ways that acupuncture can be used to improve your overall health and wellness.
10 Ways Acupuncture Can Make You Really Happy
Manage chronic pain
Studies have shown that acupuncture can be used to help treat chronic pain. Conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and muscle pain have been managed successfully with acupuncture. Some studies have found acupuncture treatment to provide longer lasting effects that certain drugs. Because acupuncture works with the body’s circulatory system, it can reduce Inflammation and swelling which in turn can reduce the intensity of pain. Less pain equals more happiness!
Help with depression and anxiety
As mental health research increases, the evidence is finding that acupuncture helps as much as some medications, to manage the symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. It works with the body’s natural systems to improve mood and create relaxation while reducing stress like symptoms at the same time.
Get rid of those headaches
No body with a headache is going to feel happy, whether it’s a tension headache or migraine type headache, research has shown that acupuncture can not only decrease the frequency of headaches but the intensity as well.
Make you look younger
Cosmetic acupuncture also known as fascial acupuncture is becoming more popular as an alternative to more invasive forms of plastic surgery. It can be used to help fight the facial signs of aging by increasing circulation to the skin while improving elasticity, muscle tone and reducing facial puffiness. Look good, feel good!
Improve your beauty sleep
By regulating the body’s energy or qi, acupuncture eliminates various pathogens which can negatively affect sleep. It also stimulates neurotransmitters linked to relaxation and sleep, thereby improving sleep quality and reducing insomnia. Who doesn’t feel happy after getting a good night’s sleep?
Benefits of acupuncture also extend to common problems like acid reflux. Acupuncture helps to speed up digestion by better regulating acid secretion which in turn reduces heartburn and reflux symptoms. Acupuncture can further improves overall digestive health by lessening symptoms associated with irritable bowel or gastritis.
Assist with infertility
Acupuncture has been found to improve reproductive functioning by assisting with ovulation in addition to improving circulation to the uterus. It is often used to also increase the effectiveness of other therapies including in-vitro fertilization and intrauterine insemination.
Reduce PMS symptoms
Many of the symptoms of PMS have already been discussed. Muscle pain, insomnia, headaches none will make anyone happy, but all can be helped with acupuncture. Acupuncture can also help to regulate menstrual cycles which may help women manage unwanted symptoms.
Calm respiratory problems
Boost your immune system
When the body’s Qi is restricted or compromised, it becomes more susceptible to viruses or bacteria. With the help of acupuncture, the body’s Qi can become rebalanced making it better able to fight off attacks. Acupuncture also helps the brain increase the body’s level of T-cells which are cells designed to destroy bacteria and harmful viruses within our bodies. By improving our overall immune function, acupuncture can help keep us from catching a cold or the flu.
Pain, stress, anxiety, sickness, insomnia all can impede our ability to connect with and feel happy. As a less invasive form of therapy acupuncture can work to not only help keep us healthy but happy as well.
Dr. Nekessa Remy is an award-winning chiropractor, a registered and medical acupuncturist and health and wellness expert. She is the owner of The Chiropractic Office where she treats sports-related injuries and woman’s health issues and also runs the Integra Health Centre in Toronto.