Acupuncture can be used for a wide variety of conditions from sports injuries to help alleviate pain from cancer treatment. Consider these top five benefits of acupuncture:

Serves as an alternative treatment with very few side effects

Unlike some drug therapies to reduce symptoms of various conditions, there have been nearly no side effects reported with acupuncture treatments. It has been effectively used to reduce pain after surgery, alleviate nausea, help migraines, improve arthritis symptoms, eliminate severe menstrual cramps, and relieve low back pain.

Provides stress relief

Some patients turn to acupuncture to help alleviate stress from their lives. Stress does more to your body physically than you may be aware. It can weaken your immune system, which can make you vulnerable to illness. To help manage stress, and avoid the flu or colds associated with high stress levels, you may want to consider acupuncture to help you relax and strengthen your immune system.

Helps with depression

A recent study out of the UK has indicated that along with a treatment of antidepressant drugs, acupuncture can be as helpful for reducing depression symptoms, along with counseling.

Aids in treating sports injuries

Rest is the most recommended treatment for a twisted ankle or tennis elbow. However, it has been shown that patients receiving acupuncture treatments after these types of injuries heal more quickly than those who do not. As acupuncture helps stimulate the body’s natural energy flow, it unblocks those areas and allows for more natural healing to occur.

Benefits infertility treatments

You may not have thought about it, but studies have shown that couples going through infertility treatments have had significantly more success if they have utilized acupuncture as part of the process. Several months before starting in vitro fertilization or egg transfers, patients who have acupuncture treatments find that the reproductive organs are stimulated and the results are more positive.

Are you still curious about acupuncture and how it can help you? At this point, it is important to speak with a licensed acupuncturist to learn more about the practice and its benefits.

Have you had an experience with acupuncture that has affected your health in a positive way?

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