Acupuncture is a Chinese Medicine practice that treats your body holistically. It can be used to treat several different ailments, from stress-related symptoms to pain management; acupuncture is a great drug-free option.
At Lumos Medical Center, Drs Ren and Christy have been successful at utilizing acupuncture to treat conditions like:
- muscle spasms and pain
- headaches and migraines
- neck pain
- knee pain
- mood, depression
- increasing focus and energy
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
There are so many ways that acupuncture can help and at Lumos Medical Center, it is one of the treatment options that we utilize as part of our diagnosis process. While some patients come in specifically seeking out acupuncture, we recommend this a part of a treatment plan for many of our patients.
Below are just a few benefits of acupuncture.
1. Chronic Pain
Several studies over the last 15 years have shown positive results when using acupuncture as part of your pain management program. A study published in 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that acupuncture is more effective than a placebo version. Nearly 18,000 people were involved in the study suffering from shoulder or back pain, headaches, and osteoarthritis.
Acupuncture often reduces the severity of pain. With regular and consistent treatments, it can even end the pain altogether. This, of course, depends on your particular condition and cause of the pain.
2. Headaches and Migraines
There are two types of headaches: primary and secondary. Acupuncture is most effective when treating primary headaches which typically include migraines, cluster, and tension. Primary headaches are not a symptom of another disorder. Secondary headaches are caused by another medical condition like allergies, dental disorders, or head injuries.
Acupuncture can be effective in the prevention AND relief of headaches and migraines. Regular treatments alongside lifestyle changes and understanding triggers can help tremendously in quality of life for patients that have chronic migraines.
3. Mental Health
Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental disorders worldwide. Traditional Chinese medicine sees a healthy relationship in the physical and emotional within our bodies. Symptoms you might be feeling physically can also be stemming from underlying depression and anxiety.
Acupuncture, alongside treatments like therapy or homeopathy, can help treat symptoms in some patients without the need for pharmaceutical drugs. At Lumos Medical Center, we also recommend relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation to help with everyday stressors.
4. Sleep, Insomnia
A study published in 2004 showed that acupuncture increased melatonin production in anxiety patients. For patients that are currently using sleep aids (medications or herbal treatments), adding acupuncture can help make those effects better than just using them alone.
Added benefit? Unlike pharmaceuticals, acupuncture has no side effects!
5. Infertility and Pregnancy
Acupuncture is often used to increase the chances of successful IVF. An increase in stress hormones can reduce fertility hormones like progesterone. That’s where acupuncture steps in.
During pregnancy, acupuncture is great to help lower stress from both emotional and physical strains. Right before the baby is due, it can also be used to prepare the body for labor.
Acupuncture is helpful for a wide variety of symptoms and conditions – but it can also be great just for everyday maintenance and health. Drs. Ren and Christy would love to meet with you to see how acupuncture can help you out.