WILL ACUPUNCTURE HELP WITH MY CONDITION?
There are seven key benefits of acupuncture:
- It relieves pain.
- It regulates immune function.
- It regulates and balances hormones.
- It elevates mood.
- It relaxes muscles.
- It eliminates stress.
- It enhances mental clarity.
All of these factors taken together can be summed up by stating that acupuncture promotes dynamic balance in the human body, a condition called homeostasis, thereby enhancing the body’s ability to heal itself. For this reason, acupuncture is a valuable complement to conventional medical treatment of almost any condition. Over two thousand years ago, Hippocrates (considered by many to be the father of medicine) stated: “Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.” Scientists all over the world are scrambling to explain how acupuncture works, with varying degrees of success. Though they are discovering bits and pieces of the answer to this question, the bottom line is this: the way that acupuncture works is to enhance, strengthen, and direct these “natural forces”.
In 2002, the World Health Organization published a review and analysis of nearly 300 controlled clinical trials on acupuncture and concluded that it is useful in the treatment of over 90 diseases, symptoms, and conditions, including: allergies, asthma, and hay fever; arthritis; low back pain and sciatica; neck, shoulder, and elbow pain; knee pain; shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia; depression and insomnia; fibromyalgia; rheumatoid arthritis; headaches and TMJ pain; infertility and polycystic ovarian syndrome; nausea, vomiting, and morning sickness; painful periods and PMS; tobacco and alcohol dependence; and many others.
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