The stress of our modern lives can make us feel more burnt out than our ancestors did. Acupuncture can help lift some of that stress. If you’re completely new to this healing process, acupuncture may seem a bit scary. After all, how can pressing needles into the skin possibly help you feel better? Sounds crazy. Right? Well, that’s simply not true.

Let’s take a look at some of the key health benefits of acupuncture.

What is Acupuncture and How it Works

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that is thousands of years old. It’s based on the theory that a blockage in the flow of the body’s ‘qi’ or life energy can result in health issues. Acupuncturists insert fine needles to specific points throughout the body to mend the flow of qi, thereby stimulating healing and promoting relaxation.

Helps Ease Lower Back Pain

According to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2017, acupuncture has been associated with reduced back pain and improved function immediately after a procedure. It shows that acupuncture is effective for acute back pain.

Lowers the Frequency of Migraines

Acupuncture is also reported to help reduce the frequency of migraines in patients. A study in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews reveals that adding acupuncture as a treatment option for migraines may reduce the frequency of its episodes.

Reduces Knee Pain

Several studies suggest that acupuncture improves physical function in people with severe knee pain resulting from osteoarthritis. A review published in JAMA Surgery shows that acupuncture helped delay the intake of opioid medication in patients to relieve pain.

All in All

Acupuncture has multiple health benefits. As further research emerges on this topic, hopefully, it can gain more traction.