5 Surprising Benefits of Acupuncture You Never Knew

More patients are considering acupuncture as an alternative treatment for various health concerns. These range from low back pain and menstrual cramps to stress and insomnia. 


What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice. It involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the patient's body. Practitioners believe that these points, known as acupoints, lie along pathways called meridians. 

These meridians help restore balance to the body's natural energy flow. Acupuncture has been around for centuries for treating a wide range of conditions. It is becoming more popular as a complementary therapy for many health issues.

Here are five surprising benefits of acupuncture that you may not know:

·      Chronic Pain Relief 

Acupuncture may help with chronic pain. It may relieve low back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis. It works by releasing endorphins, the body's natural pain-relieving chemicals. It also helps regulate specific nerve pathways' activity. Also, acupuncture may help reduce inflammation and swelling that contribute to pain.

·      Reduced Stress and Improved Sleep

This alternative therapy may reduce stress and improve sleep. Stress and sleep problems can have an adverse impact on health and well-being. Studies suggest that acupuncture reduces stress and promotes relaxation, improving sleep. It may work by triggering the release of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals have calming effects on the body.

·      Improved Digestion

Acupuncture may help improve digestion. It does so by stimulating the production of digestive juices and enzymes. These enzymes and juices help break down food. This helps reduce the symptoms of indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea. It also helps reduce bloating and gas, improving the digestive system's functioning.

·      Address Fertility Issues

Fertility issues can be a source of significant stress and frustration. Acupuncture may help improve fertility. It helps regulate hormones and increase blood flow to the reproductive organs. It may also help in reducing symptoms of menopause and PMS. It may regulate the activity of the hypothalamus, pituitary, and ovarian glands. These glands play a crucial role in reproductive function.

·      Stronger Immune System

It may boost your immune system. The immune system is the body's defense system against illness and infection. This treatment may trigger the production of immune cells and enhance the activity of the immune system. That can help improve your immune function. A more robust immune system will help reduce the risk of infections and illnesses. It may also benefit people with autoimmune disorders.

What to Expect

Before the treatment begins, the practitioner will ask about your medical history and the health issues you are experiencing. He/she may also ask about your diet, sleep patterns, and other lifestyle habits. The practitioner will then examine your pulse and may look at your tongue to help determine the most appropriate treatment plan.

During the treatment, you will lie on a comfortable table and the practitioner will insert the needles into your skin. The ideal depth will depend on the location of the acupoints and the specific condition. You may feel a slight prick, but most people find the sensation to be minimal and tolerable.

After inserting the needles, the practitioner will leave you to rest for a while, usually about 20-30 minutes. During this time, you may feel a tingling sensation or a dull ache around the needles. Some people feel very relaxed during the treatment, while others may feel energized.


It is important to note that the benefits can vary from person to person. Also, acupuncture should be part of a comprehensive treatment plan. It is best to consult a healthcare professional before starting any new treatment. For more on acupuncture, visit Ross Clinic at our office in Huntsville, Alabama. Call (256) 539-9407 to request an appointment today.

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