Self Magazine brings us an article with their 4 Feel Good Reasons to Consider Acupuncture. Read on to find out just why Acupuncture might be worth it for you!
You have lower-back, shoulder, neck or knee pain: According to Lao, there’s good evidence that acupuncture can help ease lower-back pain. In one study, acupuncture proved almost twice as effective at relieving lower back pain as conventional therapies, including drugs.
You get tension headaches or migraines: Research has shown that acupuncture can reduce severity and frequency of headaches when used on its own, or when combined with painkillers. In one study, 47 percent of patients who received acupuncture reported a decrease in the number of days they experienced headaches by at least half, compared with just 16 percent of patients in the control groups.
You’re having baby-making issues: Acupuncture proponents say that g
etting needled can increase blood flow to the uterus, creating an environment that supports egg implantation while also reducing stress and depression — good things for wannabe moms. A 2002 study found that the pregnancy rate for those who were given an acupuncture treatment before and after undergoing IVF was 42.5 percent, compared to just 26.3 percent for those who were not
given a treatment.
You have the baby blues: About 20 percent of women experience increased symptoms of depression during pregnancy.This is difficult to deal with, because use of antidepressant drugs while pregnant is discouraged by docs. According to a study last spring by Stanford University researchers, among women who received eight weeks of depression-specific acupuncture, 63 percent had a significant reduction in symptoms (compared to just 44 percent in the control groups, who received either acupuncture treatments not known to help depression or therapeutic massage).
The last thing you need to know: It doesn’t hurt. You might feel a slight pinprick and maybe a temporary numb or achy sensation, but nothing more. Believe it or not, most people actually report feeling relaxed during the treatment.