Can acupuncture help?
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting tiny needles under the skin at specific points in order to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. The most important thing about acupuncture is not why it works, but how amazingly well it works.
Acupuncture is effective for an enormously wide range of conditions, so wide that it is likely that it will help almost any problem to some degree, even if it can’t cure it entirely. For instance, in our experience, acupuncture can: decrease inflammation, calm spasms, boost immunity, increase fertility, induce labor, dispel a migraine, shrink swelling, relieve pain in almost any location, regulate hormones, cut recovery time from surgery almost in half, calm anxiety, lift depression, restore mobility, improve digestion, and create deep relaxation. That’s only a partial list. Besides being effective for a lot of different specific conditions, acupuncture is beneficial in some general ways for everyone: it usually improves sleep, energy, and mood, as well as reducing stress.
People often think about acupuncture as being effective for complex, difficult, relatively uncommon problems that Western medicine has limited success with, such as AIDS, multiple sclerosis, or the aftereffects of a stroke. In reality, though, acupuncture is just as suited to treating garden-variety problems like headaches, indigestion, and PMS. The reason that acupuncture is sometimes effective for complex and unusual conditions is that it is basically somewhat effective for everything, not because acupuncture itself is complex and unusual.
Acupuncture is particularly helpful for people with chronic diseases, meaning conditions that can be managed but not cured. Because these people often need to take many medications with multiple side effects, acupuncture can greatly improve their quality of life by helping them with their mood, their energy, and their sleep – without creating any more side effects.
Acupuncture is a very safe form of medicine. Because it depends on the body’s ability to heal itself, acupuncture cannot make a problem worse. Acupuncture is very gentle in that way; usually it helps a lot, but in the unlikely event that it doesn’t help, it can’t hurt, either. Acupuncture is so ancient that nobody knows for sure where or how it originated. Acupuncture is not necessarily Chinese or even Asian in origin. Acupuncture does not fit well into any Western medical paradigm.
Acupuncture has been practiced for so long in so many places that there are an almost infinite variety of ways to do it. Many of those different ways are based on mutually contradictory concepts, but they all work. They all reduce pain and stress, and they all improve sleep, energy, and mood.
The best way to find out how it will work for you is to try it.