Acupuncture treats the whole person as well as specific symptoms. Many people return to acupuncture again and again. Why? Because acupuncture may help with:
- Chronic Fatigue: By reducing inflammation.
- Anxiety: Acupuncture can alter the brain’s mood chemistry, reducing serotonin levels and increasing endorphins.
- Depression: Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system thus, promoting physical and emotional wellbeing.
- Insomnia: Acupuncture can alter the brain’s mood chemistry, reducing serotonin, which can help to improve sleep.
- Back Pain: One of the ways in which acupuncture can help back pain is by improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility. In 2009 the National Institute of for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS, as a cost effective short –term treatment for the management of early, persistent, non-specific lower back pain.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Acupuncture initiates the relaxation or ‘rest and digest’ response of the gut.
- Migraines: By stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues acupuncture promotes pain relief.
- Stress: Acupuncture can be effective in helping to treat stress and the various conditions symptomatic of stress. One of the ‘side effects’ of acupuncture is a general feeling of relaxation and calm.
- Sports injuries: By reducing pain and inflammation and improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility.
- Tinnitus: Acupuncture may help by acting on the cochlea.
- Menstrual problems: Acupuncture may helpto regulate hormones thus, reducing the impact of physical and psychological symptoms.
- Fibromyalgia: Acupuncture may reduce symptoms by altering the brain’s chemistry, reducing inflammation and increasing pain relief.
Additional information about the benefits of acupuncture on these and other conditions can be found on the British Acupuncture Council website.