There are a lot of myths about acupuncture, a medical model that has been around for over 4000 years and used successfully to improve the health and well being of people around world.
As busy professionals taking care of ourselves is vitally important. Acupuncture can be a great way to do just that.
Don’t let the myths put you off, here is the seventh in a series of acupuncture myths that I hope will lead you down the path to discovering how acupuncture can ease many of your daily concerns.
Myth 7: Acupuncture’s effects are psychological. It doesn’t really do anything
Fact: Acupuncture and its effects are far from psychological.
Studies show that during acupuncture, our brains begin to release chemicals such as endorphins, which are our body’s natural pain and stress killers. This is reason that people experiencing acupuncture feel an almost instant improvement in their mood or pain level.
Acupuncture also has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps people’s immune system. Scientific research shows that acupuncture increases the white blood cells in the body and moderates the immune system allowing it to react swiftly and strongly to threats.
There is lots of research evidence around which involve the use of fMRI scans which show chemical changes to the body whilst having acupuncture and the identification of acupuncture points as they relate to skin changes and electrical activity.
However to end this somewhat controversially, if the end game is to reduce stress or relieve pain, and acupuncture works for you, why not just accept it?
Resistance in life, our cynicism, our mistrust all feed the body negatively, creating blockages. When we are open, accepting and believe, our body feels strong and healthy, letting go of attaching yourself to an outcome can be very powerful.