As we enter into a life of sobriety, it may be difficult to address minor aches and pains without the use of mind-altering substances. Fortunately, there are a variety of non-medication-based treatments that are effective in treating aches, pains, and a variety of other mental and physical health conditions. One of the most effective alternative treatment available is acupuncture. Acupuncture was once considered an exotic curiosity, but is now widely available in the United States. Acupuncture is a 2,000 year old healing art developed to balance one’s energy or life force, known as ‘qi’. However, research into acupuncture has found that it is not simply a spiritual belief, but a very effective was to stimulate nerves, muscles, and tissue to reduce pain. The process involved inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. Traditional Chinese medicine maintains that acupuncture is a way of creating harmonious balance between one’s “yin” and “yang” by manipulating pathways through the human body. However, according to Medical News Today, “Some experts have used neuroscience to explain acupuncture. Acupuncture points are seen as places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation increases blood flow, while at the same time triggering the activity of the body’s natural painkillers.” It is difficult to determine exactly how acupuncture work, but many people support its effectiveness as a way to manage or reduce pain. Acupuncture is used for a variety of health conditions. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), “Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches.” However, it has also been used to relieve discomfort associated with chemotherapy, dental pain, labor pain, menstrual cramps, and respiratory disorders There are very few side effects from acupuncture and can it can be effective on its own or when combined with other forms of treatment. While primarily used to treat physical pain, acupuncture has been increasingly used to treat mental health problems. According to the Mayo Clinic, “A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Increasingly, it is being used for overall wellness, including stress management.” Acupuncture may not be right for everyone and it is important not to use acupuncture in place of necessary and proven treatments, but it has been shown to be effective for minor health problems.
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