Acupuncture not top of mind for improving your health? 5 reasons why it should be.

Today there are 350 million visits to MD every year. But there are 420 million visits to alternative practitioners. Yes, 70 million more visits to practitioners who don’t prescribe drugs.

1. Pain management
Do you experience muscle tension? What about neck and back pain? The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effect treatment method for reducing muscle tension and pain. Natural pain relief with no side effects sounds good to me.

2. Reduces stress
Prolonged states of stress increase your chances of developing a variety of health conditions. Low energy, decreased immunity, allergies/food insensitivities, decreased digestion, weight gain and emotional states such as anxiety and depression. Doesn’t sound like something you want right? Acupuncture helps regulates the nervous system, which regulates stress levels, helping prevent and cure stress related conditions.

3. Boots metabolism
When Dr. Oz gets behind something you know it’s legit. A recent article by Dr. Oz discusses how acupuncture has a positive effect on different brain regions which effect hormones that influence obesity. Skip the new diet fad and try something that has been around for thousands of years.

4. Improves sleep
Acupuncture has been shown to regulate the autonomic nervous system, which governs homeostasis in the body. Homeostasis refers to the body’s ability to regulate its environment and maintain internal balance. Difficulty falling and/or staying asleep can be a symptom of an imbalance autonomic nervous system so relief from acupuncture is common.

5. Regulates hormones
Hormones are complicated. There are many factors that can influence hormones; poor gut flora, insulin sensitivity, adrenal imbalance, improper diet, and stress to name a few. It’s a good thing acupuncture helps the body create homeostasis allowing for all the body’s systems to go back into balance. All systems balanced means all hormones balanced.