What is acupuncture most effective for?
As an essential part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture has been successfully used to treat various kinds of diseases in China for over thousands of years.
In North America, acupuncture is mainly being used to relive pain, quit addictions (smoking, alcohol), control weight and relieve anxieties, along with enormous successful treatments of other symptoms.
Pain is the most common problem that is treated by Chinese acupuncture with extreme success. Acupuncture works extremely well for many kinds of pain complaints – some may respond better than others. A large number of people do feel instant relief from the pain after the very first treatment. In general, more than 90% of patients respond well after the treatment.
Acupuncture is very successful in helping patients to quit smoking. Acupuncture intercepts messages sent by the brain to the body that demand more nicotine, thereby disrupting the addictive process. It stops the craving for cigarettes, change the taste, get rid of the nicotine acid from the lungs, and make smoking uncomfortable.
Acupuncture helps people successfully control their weight by curbing the appetite, depressing cravings, getting rid of excess water, burning off extra calories, and correcting the internal body imbalance, which causes so many people to be overweighted.
Acupuncture works very well to help restore a calm state of mind. When acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points, it has an immediate, regulatory effect on the nerve system. It stimulates the parasympathetic nerve system to slow down the heart beating rate and relax the mind.
The Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto had performed a study on 18 adults with anxiety and insomnia. After 5 weeks of acupuncture treatments, the patients experienced a significant reduction in the severity of their anxieties.