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5 Health Benefits of Acupuncture You May Not Know About

5 Health Benefits of Acupuncture You May Not Know About

If you’re not familiar with acupuncture, or if you’re unsure what it can do for you, now is a good time to find out more about this highly effective treatment.

Acupuncture is a type of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for thousands of years. It involves the insertion of extremely thin needles in locations around the body to help facilitate healing, decrease pain, and reduce stress.

Different practitioners have varying ideas about how acupuncture works. The traditional view is that it frees up the flow of energy throughout the body. Another view is that it stimulates your body’s own healing process. In either case, it provides many people with relief for a wide range of conditions.

At Atlas Health Center in San Francisco, California, we offer acupuncture treatment on its own or along with other complementary and medical therapeutic strategies, such as chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy.

We invite you to take a few minutes to discover some of the health benefits of acupuncture that you may not be aware of.

1. Drug-free pain relief

Acupuncture helps manage chronic pain caused by many conditions, including sciatica, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and headaches, without the use of opioids and other pain relief medications.

Our care providers have found that acupuncture can reduce or eliminate the need for pain medication in many of our patients. This is especially beneficial to people who wish to avoid or minimize the use of prescription drugs.

2. Help for nausea and vomiting

Acupuncture is so effective at relieving certain types of nausea and vomiting that it is routinely recommended for women with morning sickness as well as patients receiving nausea-inducing chemotherapy.

3. A reduction in stress and tension

Acupuncture helps decrease muscle tension and other types of physical manifestations of stress on the body. As a result, it can be a very effective treatment for tension headaches, muscle tightness, back spasms, and other conditions related to stress and tension.

In addition, many of our patients find that acupuncture improves their sleep.

4. A cooling of systemic inflammation

When you experience systemic inflammation, your body is flooded with white blood cells and other pro-inflammatory chemicals. Although an inflammatory response is normal and beneficial when you experience an injury or infection, chronic inflammation can contribute to or worsen a variety of conditions, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and some types of arthritis.

Acupuncture can help reduce systemic inflammation, which may lead to a reduction in symptoms and long-term damage to your body.

5. Better mood

Acupuncture not only relaxes your muscles, but it also triggers the release of feel-good neurochemicals that have a positive impact on your body and mind. Because of this, people with depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders may find that acupuncture provides mood-improving benefits on its own or in conjunction with mental health medication, talk therapy, or other treatments.

Experience acupuncture for yourself

Find out if acupuncture can help with the health conditions that affect you. Call our San Francisco office at 415-549-0555 to schedule a treatment, or book an appointment online now.

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