Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy that involves the placement of very fine needles into the skin at specific pressure points (or “acupoints”) on the body. You may be wondering, however, just what are the benefits of acupuncture? There are numerous acupuncture benefits for people suffering from a wide variety of ailments. Below are just some of the many advantages of acupuncture that can improve overall health and wellness in patients:
Makes Medication More Effective
One benefit of acupuncture is that this healing therapy can actually enhance the effectiveness of certain prescription drugs. One study from China, which was published in the August 2012 issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed that a small dosage of Prozac in combination with acupuncture therapy was equally as effective as a full dosage of the drug. For people suffering from certain health conditions, such as chronic pain, acupuncture therapy may even eliminate the need to take prescription drugs altogether.
Reduces Side Effects
In the Chinese study above, patients who received the lower dosage of Prozac combined with acupuncture therapy experienced fewer side effects typically associated with the drug, such as nausea, weight gain, and a decreased sex drive, than patients taking the full dosage of the drug without acupuncture. In addition, acupuncture has proven very effective at reducing the side effects, such as nausea and vomiting, associated with radiation and chemotherapy in cancer patients.
Whether you’re suffering from arthritis, back pain, migraine headaches, or Fibromyalgia, acupuncture is a proven treatment for pain. A recent study involving nearly 18,000 patients revealed that acupuncture is more effective than a placebo in treating pain. Moreover, the study, conducted by doctors at eight universities and hospitals in the UK, the U.S. and Germany, found that acupuncture therapy was twice as effective as prescription drugs at managing pain caused by arthritis and chronic headaches.
To ensure maximum acupuncture benefits, it is important that you seek treatment from a therapist who is familiar with the 400 acupoints on the body and knows where and at what depth to place the needles to treat your particular medical condition. The acupuncture therapists at Integrative Health in Scottsdale are naturopathic doctors who combine traditional medicine with alternative therapies to achieve optimal patient health and well-being. Call 480-657-0003 today to learn more about acupuncture benefits or to schedule an appointment.