Acupuncture has been used in Chinese medicine since 100BC and it’s still just as popular today. Sterile needles are inserted into special points on the skin to move energy flow (or “qi”) to where it’s needed most. Energy flow can be affected by many factors including: physical pain, emotional distress, diet and stress. At Shulan, we’re here to help, so here are just a few of the many benefits of acupuncture.
Acupuncture and Pain Relief
Those of you suffering from bad backs could benefit greatly from acupuncture. It soothes all kinds of musculoskeletal problems including back pain and osteoarthritis. The procedure helps your body to release more endorphins, making you feel happier, calmer and a lot less achey.
Acupuncture and Stress Relief
Acupuncture isn’t just for curing physical ailments – it can be used to prevent or even cure stress and help balance emotions. Using acupuncture on patients can encourage the flow of feel-good endorphins, thus reducing, and even eliminating, stress levels. We all know high stress levels can make you feel ill and run down. Acupuncture can increase the activity of immune cells, meaning you’re much less likely to come down with a stress-related cold or virus.
Acupuncture and Addictions
As well as reducing stress and anxiety, acupuncture may be able to help you with most addictions including: alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and even food cravings. As a result, acupuncture could help you lose weight if you find it hard to put down those treats.
Acupuncture and Pregnancy
We all know morning sickness is a very common occurrence in the early stages of pregnancy. Acupuncture can be used to apply pressure to certain points to effectively prevent nausea a sickness. Our trained acupuncturists are able to directly pinpoint the exact location and apply the correct amount of pressure. Acupuncture has also been known to induce babies, lower back pain and turn breech babies.