Benefits of Acupuncture

benefits of acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles along specific points in the body, which make up meridians or channels in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Traditionally, when utilizing this system of medicine, the points chosen would correspond specifically to the TCM diagnosis assessed by the acupuncture practitioner. At Naturmend, this would be a Naturopathic Doctor. The acupuncture needles when inserted can stimulate or down-regulate Qi, the energetic entity in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Here are some benefits of acupuncture in general (Church and Feinstein 2017):

  • Treatments are typically only 30 minutes long (short!)
  • There is low risk for side effects or adverse events, when done correctly
  • Acupuncture can address mental-emotional as well as physical symptoms
  • Acupuncture treatments are a cost-effective method of managing symptoms

Acupuncture can be used to help manage a wide range of conditions. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has conducted many studies on acupuncture. According to NIH, some conditions treated by acupuncture include:

  • Acute & Chronic Pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Digestive concerns
  • Asthma
  • Hormone concerns (Menopause, dysmenorrhea/menstrual cramps)

John Hopkins Medicine summarizes the conditions that acupuncture can benefit:

DigestiveEmotional
Gastritis
Irritable bowel syndrome
Hepatitis
Hemorrhoids
Anxiety
Depression
Insomnia
Nervousness
Neurosis

 

Eye-Ear-ThroatGynecological
Rhinitis
Sinusitis
Sore throat
Menstrual pain
Infertility

 

MusculoskeletalNeurological
Arthritis
Back pain
Muscle cramping
Muscle pain and weakness
Neck pain
Sciatica
Headaches
Migraines
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Parkinson’s disease
Postoperative pain
Stroke

 

RespiratoryMiscellaneous
Allergic rhinitis
Sinusitis
Bronchitis
Irritable bladder
Prostatitis
Male infertility
Some forms of impotence
Addiction
**Table sourced from: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/acupuncture

Acupuncture can be a safe treatment to support and complement any conventional medical treatments you may be undergoing.  Dr. Mawji is trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is now offering acupuncture treatments at Naturmend. Package pricing is also available. Please contact the clinic for more information!

 

References:

Church & Feinstein. 2017. The Manual Stimulation of Acupuncture Points in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques. Medical Acupuncture, Vol. 29; No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1089/acu.2017.1213

John Hopkins Medicine. 2019. Acupuncture.
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/acupuncture

Leung et al. 2018. Pilot study of acupuncture to treat anxiety in children & adolescents. Journal of pediatrics & Child Health. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpc.13910

 

Nadia Mawji, ND

If you are interested in seeing Dr. Nadia Mawji as a patient, please book an initial appointment with her online today or email info@naturmend.com for more information! Dr. Nadia Mawji also offers free 15 minute consults if you’d like to meet with her first before booking an initial appointment. Stay up to date with her Naturmend blog posts for more information on cutting edge treatments and research!


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