Written by Keel Russell

People ask me all the time “Does acupuncture really work?

I typically answer this question by starting off with a few simple facts. First, I tell people that Chinese medicine has been around for a very, very long time. The first evidence of the type of medicine that led to the Chinese Medicine that we see today dates back to about 6,000 BC, which is about 8,000 years ago. Back then man was using stone needles on tattooed acupuncture points on the body. That’s close to 8,000 years of uninterrupted use. Western medicine as we’ve come to recognize it today wasn’t even invented until the 1350s (the middle ages), which makes it less than 700 years old.

With such a track record, it’s hard to argue that acupuncture doesn’t work. Moreover, if it didn’t work why would it still be around after so many centuries? The answer to that question is because it does work and it works well for many conditions.

The use of acupuncture for issues ranging from sports injury to anxiety has been studied and has been determined to effectively treat an extensive list of ailments including but not limited to: pain management, insomnia, anxiety, depression, migraines, arthritis, sports injury recovery, and, in particular, OBGYN and fertility issues.

Acupuncture affects every major system of the body including the cardiac, gastrointestinal, circulatory, cerebral, genitourinary, and endocrine and immune systems. Not only do acupuncture treatments relieve pain and reduce inflammation, they also restore homeostasis.

Homeostasis refers to the body’s ability to regulate its environment and maintain internal balance. All diseases involve a disturbance of homeostasis, and nearly all diseases involve some degree of pain and inflammation. In fact, research over the last several decades suggests that many serious conditions (e.g. heart disease) previously thought to have other causes are in fact primarily caused by chronic inflammation. If we understand that most diseases are characterized by pain, inflammation and disturbance of homeostasis, we can begin to understand why acupuncture can be so affective.

Lastly, there are no side effects to acupuncture. Unlike invasive or chemical Western medical treatments, acupuncture has no downside. There is nothing to lose by trying it, but there could possibly be much to gain. Adding acupuncture to your wellness routine can bring you-health, wellbeing and relief. Call Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center today and let Dr. Freddy Rodriguez speak to you about how acupuncture therapy can help you turn up the life.

– Ask The Acupuncture By Freddy Rodriguez A.P.

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