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What is Acupuncture And How Does It Work?

Do you suffer from pain, stress, or anxiety and are looking for a holistic approach to your wellness?

Or maybe you've heard of acupuncture but don't really know what it is or how it works. Look no further, as the Blissful Health & Wellness team is here to help.

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Acupuncture is an ancient practice used for thousands of years to promote health and well-being. It involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of energy or Qi. Although it may seem daunting initially, acupuncture has gained popularity in recent years as a complementary therapy to conventional medicine.

This blog post will dive into the history, benefits, and types of acupuncture and the conditions it can treat. We'll also cover the acupuncture procedure, potential risks and side effects, and how acupuncture compares to conventional medicine. By the end of this post, you'll better understand acupuncture and whether it may be right for you. Let's get started!

Overview Of Acupuncture

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Acupuncture has been a traditional Chinese medical practice for over 2,000 years to promote health and well-being. It involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, known as acupuncture points. According to traditional Chinese medicine, these points are located along meridians or pathways through which energy or Qi flows.

The goal of acupuncture is to stimulate energy flow and restore balance to the body's systems. In Western medicine, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system, which can trigger the release of natural painkillers and anti-inflammatory substances.

Acupuncture is typically used to treat pain, stress, and anxiety. Still, it has also been used to address various health issues, including fertility issues, digestive disorders, respiratory issues, and addiction.

There are several types of acupuncture, including 

  • Traditional
  • Electro-acupuncture
  • Auricular
  • Scalp
  • Cupping therapy

The acupuncture procedure typically involves a consultation to determine the best treatment plan, followed by inserting needles into the acupuncture points. The needles are usually left in place for 15-30 minutes while the patient relaxes.

While acupuncture is generally considered safe, some potential risks and side effects include soreness, bruising, and bleeding at the needle site. It is essential to seek treatment from a qualified and licensed acupuncture practitioner to ensure safe and effective treatment.

Acupuncture is often used as a complementary therapy alongside conventional medicine, and there is growing interest in integrating acupuncture into mainstream healthcare.

Importance Of Acupuncture In Modern Medicine

Acupuncture has recently gained popularity as a complementary therapy to conventional medicine. It is increasingly recognised as a safe and effective way to promote health and well-being.

One of the key benefits of acupuncture is its ability to address pain. Chronic pain is a significant health issue; many people use opioids or other prescription painkillers for relief. However, these medications can be addictive and have a range of side effects. 

Acupuncture provides a non-invasive, drug-free approach to pain management that can be just as effective as medication for some people. In addition to pain management, acupuncture treats various conditions, including stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also address fertility issues, digestive disorders, respiratory issues, and addiction.

The increasing interest in acupuncture has led to more significant research into its effectiveness and safety. While more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms of acupuncture, studies have shown that it can be a safe and effective therapy for various health issues.

As a result of this research, acupuncture is now being integrated into mainstream healthcare. Many hospitals and clinics offer acupuncture as a complementary therapy to conventional treatments. This recognition of acupuncture's importance in modern medicine is a positive development for patients seeking safe and effective ways to improve their health and well-being.

Benefits Of Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine to treat various health conditions. Today, acupuncture is gaining more recognition in Western medicine as an effective treatment option for various health issues. Here are some of the benefits of acupuncture:

  1. Pain relief: Acupuncture is particularly effective for managing acute and chronic pain. It is effective for headaches, migraines, back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia.
  2. Stress and anxiety relief: Acupuncture can help to reduce stress and anxiety by promoting relaxation and reducing the production of stress hormones such as cortisol. It has also been shown to increase the production of endorphins, natural painkillers, and mood enhancers.
  3. Improved sleep: Acupuncture can help enhance the quality of sleep and quantity, particularly for people who have trouble falling or staying asleep.
  4. Digestive support: Acupuncture can help to regulate digestive function, improving symptoms such as bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.
  5. Hormonal balance: Acupuncture can help to balance hormones, making it a helpful treatment option for conditions such as infertility, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, menopause, dysmenorrhea, and amenorrhea.
  6. Immune system support: Acupuncture can help strengthen the immune system, reducing the risk of illness and supporting recovery.

These are just a few of the many benefits of acupuncture. By addressing imbalances in the body, acupuncture can promote overall health and wellness and is a safe and effective treatment option for various health issues.

The Acupuncture Procedure

During an acupuncture session, the practitioner will begin by 

  • Assessing the patient's health concerns and imbalances in the body
  • Then, the patient will lie on a comfortable treatment table, and the practitioner will insert thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body. 
  • The needles are left in place from a few minutes to half an hour, and the practitioner may adjust the needles during the session to enhance the treatment.
  • The acupuncture experience is generally relaxing and comfortable; many people feel calm and well-being after their session. 

Acupuncture is a safe and gentle procedure with minimal side effects, making it an excellent option for those seeking a natural and holistic approach to health and wellness.

Consult Monique Abela | Professional Acupuncture Therapist

We highly recommend scheduling a session with Monique Abela, our expert acupuncturist at Blissful Health and Wellness. Monique's extensive training as a midwife and her MSc in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Culture makes her a highly qualified and knowledgeable practitioner in acupuncture.

During your initial consultation, Monique will take the time to assess your health concerns and create a personalised treatment plan to address any imbalances in your body. You struggle with allergies, digestion issues, sleep problems, headaches, stress, anxiety, infertility, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, menopause, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, or other health issues. Monique's acupuncture treatments can be highly effective in restoring balance and promoting healing.

In addition, Monique can also recommend medicinal supplements to support your acupuncture treatment and enhance your overall health and wellness. We highly encourage you to schedule a session with Monique to experience the many benefits of acupuncture and take the first step toward optimal health.

Wrap Up

In conclusion, acupuncture is a safe, effective, and natural approach to treating various health concerns. Whether you're struggling with chronic pain, stress, anxiety, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, or any other health issue, acupuncture can help to restore balance and promote healing in the body.

At Blissful Health and Wellness, we proudly offer the services of our expert acupuncturist, Monique Abela, who has extensive training and experience in this field. With her personalised approach to treatment and compassionate care, Monique can help you achieve optimal health and well-being through acupuncture.

If you want to learn more about how acupuncture can benefit your health, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Monique today. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve your health and wellness goals, and we look forward to supporting you on your journey to optimal health.

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