What are the Benefits of Acupuncture?

By March 22, 2018Acupuncture

feely-center-acupunctureYou may or may not have heard of a practice known as acupuncture. Developed by the Chinese thousands of years ago, it involves placing needles in a person’s skin in order to physically target specific pressure points on the body.

Perhaps you are familiar with acupuncture, but are skeptical as to whether or not it actually works? The reality is acupuncture provide a number of significant health benefits. These benefits range from the mental, to the physical, to the emotional, and everything in between.

Here are some of the benefits of acupuncture.


Soothes Headaches

Do you suffer from chronic migraine headaches? If so, you can benefit from acupuncture treatment.

By applying thin needles in the upper portions of your back, physicians are able to stimulate pressure points which connect to your spine and brain stem. This produces a more consistent flow of blood, reducing soreness and pain.

It should be noted, though, results are only seen when needles are properly applied. Inaccurately applying needles will yield no results.


Relieves Arthritis

In addition to calming the effects of headaches, acupuncture has also been seen to relieve the effects of arthritis. It accomplishes this in essentially the same way that it accomplishes headache relief.

By targeting pressure points, physicians are able to remove stress from the body. This stress transfers from the arms and back to the fingers, knees, and other arthritic limbs.

Again, these effects can only be accomplished when the acupunctural procedure is carried out properly.


Curbs Chronic Pain

Perhaps you feel a deep pain in your knees every time you stand up? Maybe you’ve got chronic back pain that never seems to subside? Maybe your neck is perpetually stiff and aching? In any case, you can benefit from acupuncture.

When needles are pressed into your body, they soothe your nerves, releasing chemicals which reduce pain and heighten your mood. Studies have shown that participating in acupuncture is a legitimate way to relieve pain.


Allows for Better Sleep

Insomnia can be a truly debilitating condition which leaves you feeling constantly irritable, groggy, and exhausted. Those who suffer from insomnia often also suffer from depression and anxiety.

There are a number of sleep aids available on the market today, but did you know that acupuncture is also a remedy?

Taking part in acupuncture on a regular basis can help to release melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone which aids in the sleep process, regulating your sleep cycles.


Combats Cognitive Disorders

There is some evidence to suggest that acupuncture treatment relieves the symptoms of cognitive disorders such as Parkinson’s Syndrome. It is believed to do this because it generates responses in the brain.

Parkinson’s patients who participated in acupuncture treatment stated that they not only experienced fewer tremors, but less pain as well. In addition to these effects, they also reported faster response times.


Eases Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression can cripple a person’s social and work life. Racing thoughts, a feeling of hopelessness, and a general unease can make it nearly impossible to live life at its apex.

You’re probably aware of the numerous anti-anxiety and antidepressant pills on the market, but did you know that acupuncture can help to treat anxiety and depression as well?

When done correctly, acupuncture can release serotonin into the brain. This chemical is thought to be important for mood stabilization and other important functions.


Looking to Reap the Benefits of Acupuncture in Chicago?

Are you hoping to reap the benefits of acupuncture in Chicago? If so, the Feely Center for Optimal Health is the place to go.

We’ve been serving Chicago and its surrounding area since 1981, offering only the best treatment in both osteopathic and traditional medicine. Our physicians are well-versed in the acupuncture process, and can deliver the results you’re looking for.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Dr. Richard Feely

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Join the discussion 16 Comments

  • Bethany Birchridge says:

    I had no idea that acupuncture could help with chronic migraines. My older brother gets the worst migraines, though nothing has shown up in his brain scans. I’ll share this article with him, and hopefully he’ll give it a try.

  • Rosie Beckett says:

    I am thinking of getting acupuncture to help relieve my chronic headaches and I am glad that I found this article because I did not know that there are so many other benefits. You make a great point that acupuncture can help to release melatonin, which aids in better sleep. This would be a huge benefit for me because I often have trouble sleeping at night.

  • Dave Anderson says:

    I have always wanted to try acupuncture but wasn’t exactly sure what it was going to do for me. I agree that anxiety and depression can cripple a person’s social and work life because I have dealt with it all my life. Knowing that I can ease it with acupuncture is so comforting to know. I would love to try this type of therapy sometime!

  • Frank Delaware says:

    Thank you for all this great information about acupuncture! One thing that really stood out to me is that it can help with insomnia to help release melatonin. A friend of mine struggles with sleeping a lot, so this might be nice for him.

  • Sarah Smith says:

    My mother has chronic migraines and they have gotten to the point that she has had to stay at home with the lights off and can no longer work. She would really appreciate learning that acupuncture can help the blood flow through stimulating pressure points and thus relieve the tension in her head. We’ll start looking into acupuncture specialists so that she can recover more easily.

  • Dave Anderson says:

    I have insomnia and it really does leave me feeling irritable, groggy, and exhausted. I didn’t realize that acupuncture was a remedy for better sleep though. I would love to try this out sometime so I can hopefully get better sleep!

  • Kit Hannigan says:

    Thanks for explaining how acupuncture treatment helps produce a better blood flow to relieve headaches. I constantly suffer from migraines, and I’m thinking it’s all because of all the stress at work. It certainly looks like an acupuncture treatment will help me cope better.

  • Tim Yaotome says:

    My aunt has an onset of hereditary dementia, so your article gave me an idea to have her sent to a professional acupuncture service. I enjoyed your article especially at the part where you said that acupuncture can help those with such disorders as it stimulates the brain by generating responses. Thank you for writing this interesting article about the many health benefits of acupuncture.

  • Mina Edinburgh says:

    I did not realize that acupuncture, when done regularly, can cause the body to release melatonin which is effective in aiding with the sleeping process. At least, now I have reason to give acupuncture a try. I have been having troubles with my sleep for a while now, but I do not want to use heavy medication for it since I can become immune to it in the future. It’s nice to know that there is an alternative.

  • Tammy Houston says:

    It got me when you pointed out that acupuncture allows the blood flow in the spine to be more consistent and thus reduce the soreness and pain in the head. I have never tried acupuncture in the past, but considering the degree of my headaches, I think I am willing to give anything a try. I will clear my schedule and pay an acupuncture professional a visit.

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