Acupuncture has long been recognized as a legitimate form of alternative therapy. The ancient Chinese method of strategically inserting needles into specific pressure points of the body is thousands of years old. It is practiced in holistic health centres, physiotherapy clinics, and wellness spas all over the world, and continues to receive ongoing support from the mainstream health community. If you’re wondering if acupuncture is right for you, here are three ways that it is actually better than prescription medication:
Acupuncture Instead of Anti-Inflammatories
Do you suffer from lower back pain, arthritis, and muscle aches? There are plenty of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help reduce pain and inflammation in your joints and muscles. While these medications may be essential to mitigating your pain and improving your quality of life, there are many reasons not to take them. Speak to your doctor about acupuncture if you suffer from side effects of NSAIDs or would simply like to try a natural, non-medicated approach to your health care.
It is proven that acupuncture is effective in treating chronic pain. Patients who were in a placebo control group did not experience as much pain relief as patients who received real acupuncture as a treatment for their chronic pain. It is possible for acupuncture to eliminate your pain altogether, which could be more effective than NSAIDs.
Acupuncture Instead of Sleeping Aids
Having a hard time sleeping? Do you toss and turn or suffer from insomnia? Sleeping aids in all its various forms are extremely helpful in adjusting your internal clock and calming your nerves, but sometimes they just don’t work. It isn’t always because you’re still riding on that last cup of coffee either. When we’re stressed, worried, or anxious, it can be difficult to calm down and relax. Lack of sleep then adds to our stress levels and inhibits immune function. We all need our sleep. If sleeping pills and other over-the-counter medication isn’t working for you, try acupuncture.
Acupuncture has been known to treat insomnia symptoms in a short period of sessions. Unlike prescription medications that can make you drowsy and unproductive (or come with a long list of side effects), acupuncture has zero adverse effects and is proven to work naturally. It also works the stress out of your body, adding to its insomnia-fighting power.
Acupuncture Instead of Migraine Medication
When we feel a migraine coming on, the only thing we can really do is brace ourselves and prepare for the worst. Some medications work better than others; and if it’s particularly painful, it feels like nothing works at all. Migraines can be excruciating and if you’ve never experienced one, count yourself lucky.
We’re not telling you not to take your migraine medication if you feel a headache coming. But we can tell you that acupuncture has been proven to reduce migraine and headache pain and limit the frequency of your headaches. With acupuncture, you may no longer need extra strength migraine pain medication to relieve you of your symptoms.
Acupuncture at Mantra Wellness Centre
Come into Mantra Wellness Centre in Calgary and experience the most relaxing and beneficial massage of your life. Whether its acupuncture or a deep tissue massage, our excellent staff will ease your stress, sooth your aches, and eliminate your pains. Book an appointment Online or contact us today.
Note: Mantra Wellness Centre employs certified massage therapists and acupuncturists. We do not offer medical advice. Always consult with your doctor about the medications you’re taking and about any symptoms or medications that are bothering you. If you’re interested in incorporating acupuncture as a part of your treatment program, consult your doctor first.