6 Science-Based Ways Acupuncture Can Improve Your Quality of Life
May 17, 2019
Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of year, and western medicine and science are finally understanding why. Here are six science-based ways that acupuncture may help improve your quality of life:
Though it’s often difficult for doctors and scientists to pinpoint what causes chronic fatigue, some general causes include hormone imbalances, immune system problems, viral infections, and vitamin deficiencies.
Quality of sleep affects every area of your life, from brain function and memory to relationships, appetite, and mood. Many turn to sleeping pills for a quick fix; the problem with that is, these medications impact hormones and neurotransmitters. This can cause a multitude of negative side effects including headaches, mental slowness, stomach pains, mental impairment, physical weakness, digestive issues, and more. It extreme cases, it can even lead to dependency and addiction.
Acupuncture is a safer option that works to give you a restful nights sleep — naturally. Acupuncture balances the production of endorphins, melatonin, and serotonin, which impact sleep, tension, pain, and mood. Scientific research on thousands of patients has demonstrated marked improvements in sleep, with most reporting an increase of up to three hours per night.
Science and the mainstream population are increasingly recognizing the importance of our gut health to the rest of our health and wellbeing. It impacts mood, metabolic range, inflammation, hormones, and more. So its no surprise that digestive issues can wreak havoc on the whole body.
Acupuncture stimulates the release of helpful enzymes, bacteria, and minerals which in turn help regulate digestive function. Furthermore, acupuncture promotes balance in the endocrine system, liver qi, and the nervous system, as well a reduces stomach inflammation. The result: improvements in nutrient absorption, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, and waste elimination.
Reduces Anxiety & Stress
Anxiety and stress affect millions, causing a host of other health problems including chest pain, frequent colds and infections, headaches, insomnia, fatigue, stomach issues, loss of sexual desire, depression and mood issues, and more.
Acupuncture has been found to balance blood hormone levels, drastically lowering levels of peptides that induce anxiety and stress, and positively impacting the body’s responses to emotions, mood, and stress.
Mental acuity, memory, focus, decision-making, these are all vital to our daily functioning. Proper blood flow, gut health, and organ function greatly impact how our brain works. Research has demonstrated the efficacy of acupuncture in promoting balance and optimal functioning in each of these. Furthermore, science has found measurable improvements in mental clarity and functioning.
Increases Release of Endorphins (i.e. Your Body’s Natural Pain Killers)
The human body is an amazing thing, especially when its in proper balance. Our brains produce chemicals like endorphins and neuropeptides that relieve pain and promote the body’s innate self-healing capabilities. Acupuncture is a natural way to boost the body’s production of endorphins and neuropeptides. It’s no wonder that pain relief is one of the top reasons that people use acupuncture. What’s more, acupuncture is recommended as the “first line of defense [for] patients suffering from low back pain.”
Though research is still ongoing, users also report improvements in many other areas, including: