Acupuncture as a preventive medicine: Why you should use it even when you’re not sick

The idea of sticking pins and needles in your body, especially when you’re already perfectly healthy, might make some people squeamish but acupuncture can actually provide a number of health benefits. It isn’t just for pain relief and treating health conditions, it can also be used to prevent health problems from happening in the first place.

Acupuncture is a type of traditional Chinese medicine that uses hair-thin needles to stimulate specific points in the body. The needles are inserted just enough to go through the skin and are used to alter the physical functions of the body.  This opens up energy channels that allow the flow of healing energy throughout the body. When these energy channels get blocked, your body functions can be thrown off balance and you can become prone to all sorts of health issues. With acupuncture to keep the energy flowing in a regular manner, it can be used a means of health maintenance before any health problems even occur. It allows the mind, body and spirit to remain peaceful and harmonious. (Related: Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to treat depression.)

Acupuncture deals with the heart of the problem

Unlike conventional medicine that only focuses on addressing the symptoms of the health problem, acupuncture seeks to analyze one’s overall body wellness and goes right to the root of the problem. Acupuncture is all about balancing the bodily systems. It seeks to find the cause of the imbalance before it even makes itself known. The acupuncturist will begin by inserting the needles in a diagnostic fashion. A properly licensed acupuncturist will always be careful to ensure the needles do not sting or cause any pain to the patient other than a slight tingling sensation.

Once the needles have been inserted, the acupuncturist will evaluate the patient’s condition and prescribe the appropriate treatment based on the diagnosis. It is through this process of analyzing small physical signs alongside the patient’s emotional state that the acupuncturist can detect health issues before they even present themselves or turn into a serious health problem.

Once the nature of the imbalance has been found, an acupuncturist can create your own individual acupuncture program that is customized to suit your body’s own specific needs. This program may also be supplemented with necessary herbal medicines, dietary changes, an exercise regimen, and other lifestyle modifications. Once your body has returned to its balanced state, it can improve your quality of life and overall health and well-being. It can even benefit people without genuine health complaints but feel that something in their body is just slightly off.

Health Benefits of acupuncture

  • It boosts your immune system. By balancing your body’s functions and prevents the onset of possible health problems, acupuncture can help in strengthening your immune system.
  • It makes you feel more energized. Acupuncture opens up the blocked energy channels in the body, allowing you to feel refreshed and rejuvenated with all that healing energy flowing throughout your body.
  • It can make you feel your best. Acupuncture reduces stress and makes you feel more relaxed. It aids in having a restful sleep. Regularly maintaining your body systems simply has a direct positive impact on your overall health.

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