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WHO Reveals Dozens of Proven Uses for Acupuncture

23 Apr, 2013 - Acupuncture, Blog

Acupuncture, which has been valued as part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, is now used by millions of Australians each year, often to treat chronic pain. But now researchers have revealed the healing technique may also be effective in treating much more than you might think.

With documented use dating back more than 2,500 years, acupuncture is based on the premise that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points in the human body, which are connected by bioenergetic pathways known as meridians. It is through these pathways that Qi, or energy, flows, and when the pathway is blocked the disruptions can lead to imbalances and chronic disease.

The treatment itself, which involves the insertion of metallic hair-thin needles (typically 3 to 12) into specific acupuncture points, generally involves little or no discomfort, and patients often report feeling energized or relaxed following the procedure.

How Does It Work?

Acupuncture is proven to impact a number of chronic health conditions, and it’s thought that it stimulates the central nervous system to release natural chemicals that alter bodily systems, pain and other biological processes. Evidence, in fact, suggests that acupuncture impacts the body on multiple levels, including:

  • Stimulation of your hypothalamus and pituitary gland, which impact numerous body systems
  • Change in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, which may positively influence brain chemistry
  • Stimulating the conduction of electromagnetic signals, which may release immune system cells or pain-killing chemicals
  • Activation of your body’s natural opioid system, which may help reduce pain or induce sleep
  • WHO Reveals Dozens of Proven Uses for Acupuncture

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has conducted an extensive review and analysis of clinical trials related to acupuncture, and reported the procedure has been proven effective for the following diseases:

    Additionally, acupuncture has also shown a therapeutic effect for treating the following diseases and conditions, which range from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and addictions to whooping cough, although further research is needed:

    Like the Idea of Acupuncture But Not the Needles?

    Acupuncture actually means “to puncture with a needle”, although this thought can turn people off before they’ve even given it a try! It’s important to know there are many different forms of acupuncture, each with different types of needles used. Japanese acupuncture is the most common style we use at the clinic, which means much finer needles are used in a much gentler way. In fact, most people say they couldn’t even feel them go in!

    Why not give it a try?

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