What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Acupuncture? Probably something along the lines of: Ah! Needles, pseudoscience, expensive, Eastern Medicine, etc. Although you’re not alone in thinking those thoughts about acupuncture, which are more myths and stigmas; many people have different first thoughts when they think of the word Acupuncture. Many people who have experienced acupuncture first hand would think of: pain relief, depression and anxiety relief, fertility treatment, body balance, holistic health, and more.
Did you know that more than 10 million acupuncture treatments are administered annually in the United States alone? Acupuncture has clearly become more popular in the West over the past 50 years and has been evolving into being one of the most utilized forms of complementary integrative medicine interventions. It’s rise in popularity is largely due to the fact that it provides pain relief without the use of pharmaceuticals, which is a rapidly growing problem worldwide, but especially in the west. With the opioid epidemic being in full swing as a result of opioids being so addictive and having so many other negative side effects; acupuncture is an amazing alternative to try before you take the risk of becoming addicted to opioids.
So…what are some other reasons you should try Artkarma Acupuncture?
Artkarma views each individual holistically.
At Artkarma, we pride ourselves in really analyzing the body as a whole instead of looking at each individual ailment and trying to fix just that one area. It is important to do that because when viewing the body as a whole, you will be more likely to find the actual cause of the ailment, and not just a symptom of the problem.
You have chronic neck and back pain
Back problems are the number one reason people seek out acupuncture. It is an amazing alternative to pharmaceutical drugs or other things you have tried such as massage, yoga, or physical therapy- and none have worked long term. Remember, acupuncture is not an overnight cure; so be prepared to commit yourself for at least a few months to see lasting results (although people often feel much better after the first visit).
When you have irregular periods but don’t want to change birth control methods
We all know how much of a hassle it is to change birth control methods. You have to book a doctors appointment, get a new subscription, wait for it to take effect, before you even find out if it works for you. Acupuncture is a perfect alternative to try before you change your birth control method to help regulate your periods. One of the main factors in irregular periods is added stress in your life, and acupuncture is one way that helps your body de-stress; meaning that it can help you avoid feeling stress and therefore let your body work how it is supposed to.
You have anxiety and therapy is not helping enough
You’ve tried yoga, you’ve tried breathing exercises, you’ve tried visualization, you’ve tried therapy, nothing seems to be getting you the relief you desire from your anxiety. Acupuncture may be the perfect addition to your current medication or coping mechanisms for anxiety, because it will not interfere with the other methods of treatment that are already in place.
You aren’t getting enough sleep
Acupuncture is often used to help alleviate symptoms of insomnia, sleep apnea, and more sleep related issues. Studies have shown that acupuncture increases the production of melatonin while sleeping, meaning you are going to get a better nights sleep without waking up or feeling unrested when you wake up.