1 Helps headaches and migraines
There is strong medical evidence that acupuncture can help reduce the frequency and severity of headaches and migraine attacks. Although it is sometimes available on the NHS, most people pay for private treatment.
2 Eases back pain
Research has shown that acupuncture is effective in treating chronic lower back pain and other musculoskeletal problems. It works by stimulating the nerves and helping to release endorphins, the body’s own pain-relieving hormones.
3 Supports cancer patients
Although acupuncture is not used to treat cancer itself, studies have shown it can improve quality of life for cancer patients. Many find it helps to reduce the side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
4 Calms the mind
Research shows acupuncture helps those suffering from depression, anxiety and stress. It is believed to work by stimulating the nervous system and regulating levels of mood hormones, including serotonin and noradrenaline.
5 It’s safe
When performed by trained practitioners, acupuncture is safe. It doesn’t have the harmful side effects of many drugs and it is suitable for people who cannot take certain painkillers, such as pregnant women and many elderly patients. Visit atcm.co.uk to find a professionally qualified acupuncturist in your area.