What is Acupuncture? A Brief Overview of Its Uses & Benefits

Acupuncture is a form of holistic medicine that has been practiced for over 2,000 years. If you’re interested in a non-invasive or non-pharmaceutical way of managing pain, acupuncture may be your solution.

What is Acupuncture? 
Acupuncture refers to a technique in which small, fine needles are inserted just under the skin into specific acupressure points along the energetic meridians of the body. The treatment works by resolving symptoms that are related to the body’s immune system, hormonal system, and even the internal organs. However, acupuncture can also be used to treat the causes of pain and stress on a deep physiological level.

Uses and Benefits 
Acupuncture can be used to alleviate pain and treat a number of medical conditions. Some of the most common uses of acupuncture include:

 Alleviating the symptoms of asthma and allergies by influencing the various activities of cells within the body; namely the transport and breakdown of bioactive mediators. By regulating bioactive mediators and boosting the immune system, acupuncture has been shown to provide anti-inflammatory effects to help the body combat symptoms associated with both allergies and asthma.
Reducing the occurrence of headaches and migraines by inducing potent muscle relaxation effects on the upper trapezius muscle. 
Reducing stress that leads to hyperactivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary—adrenal axis that leads to a number of women’s health conditions, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual cramps, and infertility. 
Combating low back pain by stimulating localized muscles, correcting distortion, and reversing biomechanical imbalances of the autonomic nervous system.