Needle phobes beware!
An ancient Chinese medicine known as acupuncture has been helping many people around the world for thousands of years, but would you try it? Why or why not?
According to the Mayo Clinic, acupuncture helps rebalance your energy, or Qi (pronounced chee) by inserting extremely thin needles into specific places, known as meridians, on the body. If your Qi is imbalanced or obstructed your body may experience discomfort or other problems. Meridians help connect the inside of your body with the outside (over 360 meridians exist on the human body). The needles help release the impediments to the Qi.
The needles help boost the nervous system to release healing chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain and produce natural painkillers. According to the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, “The chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.”
The results? Acupuncture needles stimulate your body’s natural healing capabilities to promote an overall wellbeing.