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Acupuncture: What's the Point?

Today, people can turn to several options when on the path for natural remedies to better heal themselves mentally and physically or address both.

And unfortunately, some remedies are undervalued or dismissed as having any long-term effects on your physical and mental health.

Acupuncture treatments involve inserting thin steel sterile needles into the skin on various body parts to stimulate the immune system, treat different health issues, balance hormones and help manage pain.

It is common for patients to receive physio treatments that include a combination of massage, electrotherapy, and acupuncture to promote health and better body function.

For instance, lower back pain, tennis elbow, migraines and muscle tension have been known to improve with the help of acupuncture.

Health practitioners are not entirely sure how acupuncture works but believe that endorphins, the body's natural pain-relieving chemicals, are called to action when stimulated by the insertion of these needles. And that the needle placement in various acupoints on the body influences the autonomic nervous system, which can impact the respiratory system, blood pressure and heart rate.

The practice of acupuncture originated in ancient Chinese culture thousands of years ago with the belief that energy flows within the human body and can channel through the main channels of the body called meridians. According to Chinese thought, this energy flow is called 'qi', pronounced "chee”. The goal of manipulating this energy flow, or 'qi, is to achieve balance free from mental and physical health issues.

It has proven beneficial in people suffering from mental challenges, such as depression, anxiety and stress.We all know that mental stress can affect how our body functions and our physical health.

Stress can pressure our emotions and induce hormones to cause conditions such as autoimmune disorders, digestive problems and even heart attacks.

Consider taking a holistic approach to healing the mind, body and soul all at once using acupuncture. It should be a part of your overall health plan to reach a well-balanced and harmonized mental and physical state.

Keeping your doctor informed about any physical and mental stress you may feel is essential as they can recommend stress-relieving therapies to help, including registered acupuncturists.

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