This is the second in 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.
Acupunture is Anti-Inflammatory
Inflammatory diseases and conditions cause many people stress and discomfort in their daily lives and most turn to pharmaceutical medication; however not many people think about acupuncture. Continuing research and study has shown acupuncture to be a very effective way of treating inflammatory diseases such as asthma, rhinitis and rheumatoid arthritis among other painful conditions. Acupuncture helps to control neuropeptides (chemical signals in the brain) which are hypothesized to regulate the process of anti-inflammatory and pro-inflammatory reactions in the body. If you are looking for a way to avoid the chemist and a tablet every time one of these conditions flares up, make an appointment with us and break free of these problems. Have a look at some research here and here.
Acupuncture Effectively Treats Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
A study comparing the effects of acupuncture on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) against the effects of steroids used to treat
the same condition found that both had significant beneficial results. There were few ways in which the two differed except
that the acupuncture group reported less nocturnal awakening than the steroid group and the acupuncture group reported
a significant decrease in distal motor latency (the time between nerve stimulation and reaction). The study concluded that
acupuncture was just as effective as prescribed steroid use and had less adverse effects on the patients. With many people working at the computer for hours on end CTS can be an uncomfortable and crippling issue so give us a call and make an appointment to relieve your Carpal Tunnel pain. Read the research yourself here.
Acupuncture is Beneficial in Treating Neck Pain and Injuries
Recent studies have shown that acupuncture to the neck can help restore proper spinal curvature after injuries. Not only does acupuncture help recovery from injuries to the spine but has proven to be very helpful against degenerative spinal disc disorders. One study specifically found that acupuncture significantly helps with curative effects related to Cervical
Spondylosis. Cervical Spondylosis is a condition attributed to the excess wearing down of cartilage and bones in the neck and can be a leading cause of Chronic Neck pain. If you are suffering from Chronic Neck Pain then make an appointment with us and we can pin point your path to recovery. Have a look at some research here.
Acupuncture Can Lower Your Blood Pressure
Heart health in Australia today is dangerously low and many people find themselves taking medication day after day to regulate their blood pressure. Blood pressure to the heart is one of the most important cardiovascular functions and when it is continuously high, it can lead to serious health risks. Conventional medication has side effects and can be ineffective in some cases so researchers are looking for new ways to treat the growing problem of high blood pressure.
Modern research shows that acupuncture can reduce blood pressure significantly. In a recent study (see link below) acupuncture was shown to demonstrably reduce ischemia. Ischemia is the lack of oxygen to the heart which occurs when blood vessels are blocked. If you have high blood pressure and feel that your medication is only keeping larger problems at bay then consult an acupuncturist and take steps to seriously improve your heart health. This research can be found here.
We hope this information has been helpful for you, and given you an insight into the range of conditions that acupuncture treats. Stay tuned for the next installment - there is no end of research about acupuncture to review and share with you!
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