This is the first of a series of articles highlighting recent research findings in the field of acupuncture. Acupuncture is sometimes discounted as a sham or as a placebo, however there is a great deal of research consistently proving acupuncture to be an effective, safe and natural way to treat many problems that lots of people face today. We seek to bring you relevant and interesting updates in this series.
Acupuncture can help you sleep better
Insomnia can affect everything you do; without a good night’s sleep you just aren’t yourself. You’re less productive and more irritable, and your immune system can become compromised leading to more frequent illness. For many people, the immediate response to a bout of insomnia is to go to doctor or a chemist for sleeping tablets, even though these come with serious side effects. Recent research however has found that acupuncture and moxibustion (an ancient Chinese herbal remedy commonly used to in conjunction with acupuncture) have a significant effect on patient’s insomnia. According to the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) patients treated with acupuncture and moxibustion showed better quality of sleep, faster time to fall asleep and better daytime functioning. So if you’re having trouble getting to bed make an appointment with us before buying sleeping tablets. Check out the link to the research here and here.
Acupuncture can help with Migraines
Migraines are the worst type of headache. They can last hours and completely ruin your day. There are a number of prophylactic drugs designed to reduce migraine frequency but their results can be inconsistent and unpromising, not to mention the potential side effects. There has been a lot of research into the effectiveness of acupuncture on the frequency, intensity and duration of migraines. Recent studies show that acupuncture can significantly reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines, either in conjunction with prophylactic medication or by itself. If you’re tired of letting migraines take over your whole day and force you into a dark room to wait it out, make an appointment with us and get on track to stop having them. Have a look at some recent studies here and here.
Acupuncture can help with Seasonal Allergies
Seasonal allergies can be very annoying and really impact on your quality of life. Every time a certain season rolls around millions of Australians head to the chemist for antihistamines that don’t target specific allergic reactions and can be largely ineffective. An increasing amount research is coming out consistently showing acupuncture to have a significant clinical effect on seasonal allergies. Where drugs are designed to
target a broad scope of allergies acupuncturists can more effectively pin point how to treat specific allergies, leading to a greater reduction in symptoms, longer lasting relief and no side effects. So next time you get the seasonal runny nose and sniffles try making an appointment with us rather than with antihistamines. Have a look at the research here and here.
Acupuncture can help with Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety over the fast pace of modern life is something millions experience every day and most people don’t think they can do anything about it. A lot of research however has recently proven that acupuncture has a similar effect as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – the most common practice of psychologists when treating anxiety. Everyone gets sad or overwhelmed by things, it’s unavoidable from time to time but depression can become too much to handle and rapidly take over your life. Antidepressants are inconsistent and some have dangerous side-effects. As further research is done acupuncture is proving to be an effective and safe alternative to anti-depressants when treating depression. If you suffer from anxiety or depression don’t wait for it to take control of your life, talk to us about a natural and reliable way to help you de-stress and feel better. Have a look at the research here and here.
With these and more benefits it’s almost a certainty that we can help you live a healthier, happier life with acupuncture. Acupuncture can be used to treat mild things like runny noses, saving you money on drugs, and it can also be an incredible force to help you get over your anxiety or out of the rut of depression. So if you or anyone you know is looking for a natural, drug-free, way to make their life easier and healthier give us a call and or book online to make an appointment.
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