Benefits of Acupuncture
One benefit to acupuncture is that it is a drug-free way to minimize pain. With drugs, people often develop a tolerance, or the need for an increased dosage to achieve the same required effect. However, this does not happen with acupuncture. In addition, acupuncture allows the doctor to immediately examine a person’s response to the treatment and adjust it if necessary.
Acupuncture and Fertility
Clinical research suggests that acupuncture increases the likelihood of success with IVF. Recent research shows that acupuncture can promote the circulation of blood in the pelvic cavity and improve ovarian function. Acupuncture may also be beneficial in promotion follicle production, enhancing uterine blood flow and thus improving uterine lining thickness and decreasing uterine contractions after embryo transfer.
Acupuncture decreases pain by increasing the release of chemicals that block pain, called endorphins. Many acu-points are near nerves. When stimulated, these nerves cause a dull ache or feeling of fullness in the muscle. The stimulated muscle sends a message to the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), causing the release of endorphins (morphine-like chemicals produced in our own bodies during times of pain or stress). Endorphins, along with other neurotransmitters (body chemicals that modify nerve impulses), block the message of pain from being delivered up to the brain.
There are many whole-body benefits to acupuncture. It may be used to improve your immune system, reduce tension, stress, and depression, decrease hot flashes and fatigue, and can even help towards your weight loss goals. Acupuncture might also be valuable in treating asthma, allergies, insomnia, and memory loss. It’s also thought of as a powerful pain fighter, helping everything from headaches and migraines, to arthritis, nerve injuries, and post-surgical pain.
In fact, The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for a long list of common illnesses, to relieve pain and discomfort. Diseases and conditions that may be helped include fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, Crohn’s disease, autoimmune hepatitis, and multiple sclerosis. Acupuncture may also be used in cancer support, helping to reduce nausea caused by chemotherapy and surgical anesthesia.