This ANCIENT CHINESE technique could be just what you need to CURE a condition or illness while at the same time RELIEVING STRESS …
Have you ever tried acupuncture? Some of the world’s best known personalities, from elite sportspeople to Hollywood stars, extol the benefits of this ancient Chinese philosophy. Today marks the start of Acupuncture Awareness Week, so if you still haven’t tried acupuncture or are curious to find out more, here are seven good reasons to give it a go:
1. Acupuncture is personalised healthcare
Acupuncture treats the whole individual, (along with any associated signs and symptoms), and not just the condition or illness in isolation. No two acupuncture patients receive the same treatment for the same condition. During your consultation, a detailed case history is taken, incorporating both physical and emotional symptoms, as well as consideration of your diet and lifestyle. The treatment, with very fine acupuncture needles, addresses any imbalances and facilitates your body’s own healing ability.
2. Acupuncture treats the cause of your problem
Acupuncture treatments are deeply healing and can clear the root cause of your condition, so there is reduced chance of recurrence while your body is back in balance.
3. It improves your mood
Acupuncture has great side effects! You may go to acupuncture for neck and shoulder pain, and find that the pain diminishes. Meanwhile, your stress levels, sleep quality, digestion and overall mood improves too.
4. It’s an excellent stress-relief therapy
Acupuncture treats the person as a whole and does not separate mental and physical health. When our Qi or vital energy becomes “blocked”, or the supply is inadequate from over-thinking, the wrong diet or over-exertion, the body and organ systems become “stressed out” and our health becomes compromised. The role of acupuncture is to support and restore the various organs affected by the stress response.
5. Acupuncture is preventative medicine
Acupuncture balances the immune system and helps the body restore itself, so it can be used preventatively. For instance, with chronic Sinusitis, rather than seeking treatment when symptoms occur, regular treatments to strengthen and balance the body outside of a flare up can help avoid symptoms reoccurring completely or less frequently.
6. It’s safe and painless
When practiced by a qualified practitioner, acupuncture is safe. Acupuncture is a completely natural therapy and works directly with the body’s natural processes, avoiding negative side effects. The needles are sterile and only used once, therefore don’t carry any risk of infection and the treatment can be used in conjunction with your medication. The needles are very fine and flexible, so do not cause pain. It’s a fantastic therapy for babies and young children.
7. Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organisation
There is ever-growing body of research and recognition of acupuncture as an effective system of medicine. The World Health Organisation recognizes the benefits of acupuncture in treating many western medical diseases, disorders and symptoms including pain, infertility, allergies, depression/anxiety, migraines, digestive issues, arthritis, fibromyalgia and much more.
Always choose a registered acupuncturist as this guarantees that they are bound by a code of ethics and have the minimum recognised training.
The Acupuncture Council of Ireland has 500 members nationwide and is responsible for the regulation and maintenance of a Register of Acupuncturists. To find a registered acupuncturist in your area, visit www.acupuncturecouncilofireland.com
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