In 1997, the National Institutes of Health publicly touted the safety and effectiveness of acupuncture for treating a variety of physical and mental health conditions¹. This 3,000-year-old Chinese technique involves inserting thin needles through the skin at strategic points on the body to relieve symptoms of various conditions.
Depending on who you talk to, acupuncture either balances the forces of yin and yang and releases blockages of life energy to restore optimal function to the body, or it stimulates the nerves, connective tissues, and muscles associated with various systems of the body, including the nervous, immune and digestive systems, to increase blood flow and boost the body’s natural painkillers.
Whichever explanation you prefer, acupuncture has been shown through hundreds of clinical studies to improve sleep, relieve pain, and treat a wide range of symptoms associated with a number of physical and mental health conditions². Acupuncture is known to successfully treat:
- Musculoskeletal pain
Acupuncture is also helpful for treating a number of mental health conditions. Several studies show that acupuncture may effectively treat symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder as well as relieving some of the withdrawal symptoms associated with detox during addiction treatment³.