Acupuncture has many uses. It can be used alongside a wide range of therapies, including massage, to relax, detox and reduce pain and inflammation.
What is less well known are some of its other qualities.
If you go for acupuncture, you may be surprised to learn the following!
One of the most unexpected side effects of acupuncture, which takes a lot of people by surprise, is that it can open up the emotions.
A lot of people find themselves crying in or after a session of acupuncture.
This is not a bad thing and it is always beneficial to release the emotions from time to time.
This can even happen in people who consider themselves fairly stoic and often is very unexpected!
If this happens to you, it proves that the therapy has worked at unblocking your emotions.
So don’t be surprised if you feel yourself feeling a little tearful during, or sometime after your, session. This could even be a few days later down the line.
Letting the emotions flow is a good thing ultimately and certainly better than keeping them bottled up!
IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH
Acupuncture is beginning to be recognised as a tool in the fight against depression.
For people suffering milder depression, acupuncture is worth considering or at least giving a go.
It seems that women with depression, in particular, seem to benefit from acupuncture.
The sad truth is that medication does not always work as well as it should do and people sometimes can require larger doses as time passes.
Patients (and doctors) are understandable concerned with the need to take more medication and acupuncture can be used alongside other treatments to help with depression.
In one study, electro acupuncture, which is where a mild current is emitted through the needles, proved as effective as the drug fluoxetine (Prozac).
Speak with your doctor before discontinuing any prescribed medications for depression.
BOOSTING NATURAL FERTILITY
Perhaps you would not have considered acupuncture as a treatment for infertility, but there is some cause to believe it may assist.
Acupuncture has been used alongside IVF treatment. This is possibly as its role in de stressing patients about to undergo treatment, as being stressed is counterproductive to conception.
If you are seeking help for fertility issues, first consult your specialist. Some centers are now referring to acupuncture clinics for assistance with the relaxation it can deliver to the patient.