There’s a certain level of mysticism surrounding the ancient practice of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine. Those who haven’t tried it may view it as some sham practice with no real value or benefit. On the other hand, those who have tried are fully aware of its powerful and helpful effects on the human body.
#1) There Are Hundreds of Acupuncture Points Throughout The Body
Acupuncture is typically performed on specific points throughout the body, including points both along the meridians and “extra points” outside of the regular Acupuncture meridians. The number of Acupuncture points continues to change on a regular basis, but the latest estimate is around 695 (not including ear treatments).
#2) It’s Growing In Popularity
Acupuncture was once limited to China and surrounding Asian countries. Licensing for Acupuncture began in America in the 1980s…… In the 1990s, less than 1% of the U.S. population had tried it. Fast forward to 2010 and over 14 million Americans have reported using Acupuncture to treat various diseases and conditions. Analysts expect this number to grow in the following years, as more and more Americans continue to seek alternative forms of healthcare.
#3) A US President Introduced Many Americans To Acupuncture
In 1972, President Richard Nixon visited China with the purpose of creating stronger relations. It marked the first time any U.S. president had personally visited the communist nation. During his trip, Nixon’s delegation observed a patient who was undergoing surgery while simultaneously receiving Acupuncture as opposed to Anesthesia. News of this medical miracle soon spread throughout the U.S. upon Nixon’s return.
#4) It Treats Allergies
Nearly 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. suffer from seasonal Allergies, but relief may be just a pin-prick away. According to a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, Acupuncture proved more effective at treating seasonal Allergies than traditional Antihistamines!
#5) It Increases The Success of Vitro Fertilization
Several studies have shown the practice of Acupuncture to increase the chance of success in IUI and IVF. According to an article published by WebMD.com, women who received Acupuncture were nearly twice as likely to experience to become pregnant than women who were given sham acupuncture or no Acupuncture.
#6) Most Acupuncture Sessions are Small and Short
While the duration of an Acupuncture sessions and the number of needles used varies depending on a number of different factors, typical treatments involve just 5-20 needles which are left in place for 10-20 minutes. The evaluation before treatment begins is longer and more comprehensive, usually lasting up to an hour.
#7) It’s Safe & Virtually Painless
A study involving data from over 34,000 Acupuncture treatments found there were no serious side effects from the sessions. When performed by a Licensed and experienced Acupuncturist, the practice is safe and virtually painless.