Acupuncture is a safe, painless, and effective treatment for pain relief. Some of the benefits of acupuncture are that it stimulates the body’s natural healing process, without having to rely on medications that often only suppress the pain temporarily and causes negative side-effects to the body in the long-term; whereas, acupuncture provides a holistic treatment to the body and only promotes positive physical and emotional well being. Another major benefit to acupuncture is that it increases blood circulation, while reducing pain and inflammation, as it speeds up recovery time. Finally, acupuncture is also an inexpensive alternative in healthcare compared to many expensive medical treatments such as unnecessary doctor’s visit, prolonged use of drugs, and surgical intervention.
How does acupuncture relieve pain?
Researchers have many explanations. In Western perspective, acupuncture treatments have shown clinically to trigger the central nervous system to release pain-relieving chemicals that are 50 to 100 times stronger than many pain-relieving medications, which can help reduce stress and eliminate the recurring pain cycle as well. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture is as effective as morphine in treating chronic pain. Next, Acupuncture helps increase the flow of blood to the muscles and breaks the cycle of muscle spasms. Finally, acupuncture helps the process of healing as it stimulates the flow of blood to the site of injury and decreases the buildup of scar tissue, while healing the injured area.
In Eastern perspective, acupuncture improves circulation and removes blockage. Pain is the blockage of qi (or chi) -- vital energy, and blood in the energy channels called meridians. These channels carry rivers of energy that traverse the body, bringing nourishment to the muscles, tissues and organs. An obstruction to the movement of vital energy in one part of the body is like a dam backing up a river, restricting flow to other areas. Acupuncture unblocks the obstructions and increases the normal flow of energy through the channels relieving pain and restoring balance.