Acupuncture is a key part of traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting needles into the body at specific points to aid in the relief of a number of health issues. The first document that described what became recognized as acupuncture was China’s The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, which dates all the way back to 400 BCE. Based on the concept of Qi, which is the “natural energy” or “life force” of a human being, acupuncture has helped millions of people worldwide live healthier lives.
While acupuncture is most typically associated with pain relief, it is becoming more and more common to practice this form of alternative medicine for a growing number of mind and body-related issues. In fact, it’s actually becoming increasingly popularto treat chronic disease and pain because there are no side effects. The World Health Organization currently recognizes at least 47 kinds of diseases that can be treated with acupuncture, including pain relief for headaches, migraines, dizziness and postoperative pain. It can also be used to relieve symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, Bell’s palsy, tremors and memory loss. Other problems relieved with the aid of acupuncture include: abdominal pain, indigestion, gastritis, colitis, constipation, hemorrhoids, diabetes, thyroid problems, poor vision, tinnitus, ear ringing, toothache, allergies, emphysema, asthma, flu, COPD and more. Acupuncture can also help gynecological issues such as: PMS cramps, menopause syndrome, urinary tract infections, obstetrics care and infertility. For males: prostate issues, impotence and also infertility can be treated. Additionally, it can also help with hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, insomnia, depression, anxiety, nervousness, shingles, lupus and eczema.
Acupuncture is based on the theory that the body’s natural life energy (“Qi) flows in opposite forces in order to maintain a balanced state (like the yin and yang). When this flow is out of balance, it causes illness—and it is by placing needles in very specific “acupuncture points” in the “acupoints” on the body that restores that balance, not only helping remedy the illness but also to promote positive mental, emotional and even spiritual wellness. Acupuncture has also been proven to increase energy, reduce stress, rejuvenate skin and even aid in weight control. It can also be used to stop addiction to smoking, drinking and drugs.
As more and more companies are requiring their employees to restrict the use of prescription medicine which may impair performance, it’s important to be aware of natural and safe therapies which maintain and enhance productivity in the workplace.
Over 14 million Americans have used acupuncture as a part of their health care—have you considered reaping the benefits of this growing form of alternative medicine?