10 Benefits of Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
Acupuncture and herbal medicine have a number of physical, mental and emotional benefits including:
Immune System Support
Acupuncture and herbal medicine work to generally strengthen the immune system. They work to promote balance in the body so that you can weather the seasonal changes and natural periods of stress without feeling symptomatic and bogged down. If you are actively fighting an infection or experiencing chronic illness, the two in combination can support you to lessen the severity of your symptoms and shorten the duration of your illness.
People who pursue Chinese Medicine as a therapy often find increased energy levels. This is because when the body is functioning optimally it doesn’t have to work so hard to carry out it’s various physiological processes. The cumulative effect of treatment leaves you feeling more comfortable in your body and with increased energy so that you can enjoy your days.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine offer a viable alternative to couples who may be experiencing fertility challenges. By working to support optimal blood flow to the reproductive organs and helping regulate male and female hormones, many couples see increased fertility which can result in an easier time trying to conceive, both naturally and with the help of Assistive Reproductive Technology (IUI, IVF, FET).
Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help to improve our mood. Many people feel extremely relaxed during and after treatments, and this effect can be seen for as many as a few days post treatment. Acupuncture works by stimulating the central nervous system and releases endorphins and neurotransmitters such serotonin and dopamine, which both help to elevate our mood and can temper feelings of anxiety. You may feel relaxed after one treatment but it really works best to let treatments build on each other to create for a balanced mood in the long run. The World Health Organization notes acupuncture as an effective treatment for the management of depression. It’s positive effect on managing depression has been documented repeatedly in controlled studies.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been proven to help relieve headaches. Whether you have headaches due to sinus congestion, muscle tension, seasonal allergies, or a tendency towards simple headaches or migraines, acupuncture and herbal medicine work to treat the root cause that is leading to the headache.
Sleep Quality Improvement
Acupuncture and herbal medicine work to help treat conditions like insomnia and unrestful sleep by rebalancing the body’s energy so that you get tired when you’re supposed to. Regulating energy levels so that they are in accordance with daytime and nighttime helps to promote optimal production of the sleep hormone, melatonin. When the body is functioning in an unencumbered way it is able to get proper rest. Sleep is a key factor in ensuring that the body can reboot itself every morning and have the energy to meet the day.
Blood Pressure Control
When used consistently, acupuncture and herbal medicine can help promote healthy heart functioning and blood flow, which leads to lowered blood pressure and greater heart muscle effectiveness.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help decongest the body so that seasonal allergies and other triggers don’t stimulate an immune response.
Our digestive system is the power center of our body. If we have strong digestion we are more likely to have balanced energy levels, an even mood, vibrant looking skin, and healthy longevity. Acupuncture and herbal medicine support the digestive system by working to promote daily well formed bowel movements and pushing any unwanted gas out of the body.