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Your Guide to Acupuncture

WARNING: Stop reading this article immediately if you have a fear of shots or needles! I’ve always been very interested in alternative medicine and holistic wellness. Yoga, essential oils, meditation, you name it. Which is why I decided to give acupuncture a shot (ha-ha get it? Because acupuncture uses a needle. Anyway, moving on).  Turns out, my acupuncture treatments have been completely life changing. And no, to answer the question that just formulated inside your head, it doesn’t hurt (much). Actually, it’s extremely relaxing and therapeutic. I have noticed a significant decrease in my stress levels and have a lot more energy. Not sure if acupuncture is for you? Then check out these benefits! They might just change your mind.

1. Reduce Headaches & Migraines

Studies have shown that acupuncture treatments are a valuable asset in relieving tension-type headaches.

2. Relieving Chronic Pain

Researchers have found that those receiving acupuncture for back pain see a significant decrease in pain compared to those who do not receive any treatment.

3. Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Having trouble sleeping? Acupuncture might be able to help. It also can improve the effectiveness of other sleep remedies.

4. Reduces Stress

This benefit was a big one for me! Acupuncture is a great way to relieve stress naturally.

But how does it even work???

Acupuncture involves stimulating specific points in the body with small, thin needles. They are actually a lot smaller than a regular sized needle, so it is relatively painless. Acupuncture balances the flow of energy throughout the body by stimulating areas on the body called “acupoints”. Acupuncturists believe that when an individual’s “chi” is not balanced, it can cause pain, poor sleep, fatigue, and illness.

Now, by no means is acupuncture a cure for all ailments. But it can certainly help! And, just because I love corny jokes:

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Written by GUADS staff member Angelina with help from Draxe.com

 

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