Acupuncture is a practice in traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for thousands of years to treat stress and pain while promoting relaxation and restoring the body’s balance of energy, or life force, called chi (or qi). This energy is believed to flow through pathways in your body and can be accessed by inserting needles into specific points along these pathways. This view is being widely accepted in Western culture, but there are still some variations in how the benefits are perceived. In Western culture, acupuncture is a way to stimulate nerves, muscles, and tissues, boosting your body’s natural painkillers. There are many theories around how exactly acupuncture works, but to find out the benefits for yourself, contact Body of Beverly Hills Wellness today!

Balance Your Chi

By influencing the autonomic nervous system and releasing chemicals that regulate blood flow and pressure, acupuncture calms the brain, leading to a relaxed state of being. It is commonly used as a method of pain treatment to relieve discomfort that is associated with various diseases, like neck pain, chemotherapy, lower back pain, osteoarthritis, and more. Many practitioners will blend Eastern and Western approaches to this medicine, asking about your symptoms, lifestyle, and behaviors. They will closely examine the parts of your body where you are experiencing pain, the strength and rhythm of the pulse in your wrist, and the shape and coating of your tongue. During the treatment needles will be placed in various spots at various insertion depths, depending on your pain and the reason for your session. 

There will be anywhere between five and 20 needles inserts in a session, which may produce sensations upon being inserted. Some practitioners may manipulate the needs after they have been inserted by twirling them or applying heat to the needles. You will lie still and relaxed for 10 to 20 minutes before the needles are removed, which will not cause discomfort upon removal.

The Benefits of Acupuncture

After the procedure is done, many people feel relaxed, but some feel energized and some feel nothing at all. The benefits can be difficult to measure, as not everyone responds to acupuncture and show no improvement in symptoms. While there is some uncertainty about how acupuncture works, one theory is that it stimulates the natural release of the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals, promoting relaxation and leaving you rejuvenated. Some of the benefits of acupuncture include:

  • Decreased intensity of lower back pain
  • Reduced symptoms and frequency of migraines
  • Decreased frequency and intensity of tension headaches
  • Improved long-term and short-term knee function of those with chronic knee pain
  • Decreased anxiety and stress
  • Improved sleeping and relaxation
  • Decreased arthritis symptoms

During your session, your practitioner may use additional techniques to enhance your experience and optimize your results. Some of these techniques may include glass cupping, herbs, and moxibustion, which is the use of heated sticks held near the acupuncture needles to warm the acupuncture points. To find out more about how you can benefit from acupuncture or to set up an appointment, contact Body of Beverly Hills Wellness today.