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4 ways acupuncture can improve your health

For 3,500 years, we have used acupuncture as a form of treatment and therapy. Acupuncture is the process of activating your internal self-healing mechanisms by applying stimulation such as needling, moxibustion, cupping, and acupressure on specific sites of the body.

Practitioners can unblock "Qi", or energy, through acupuncture. This energy is what allows your body to restore its natural healing process. Holistic healing practices that unlock and balance Qi have a wide array of health benefits. 

Alleviates chronic pain

If you are prone to back, neck, and knee pain, you should consider taking advantage of acupuncture. Acupuncture points are located near your nerves, so treating them can provide relief for persistent pain. 

Acupuncture also reduces inflammation sometimes caused by muscle spasms and strains, which can further lessen pain you may be experiencing.

While this procedure is proven to treat common ailments like back, neck, and knee pain, many find relief from hard-to-treat conditions such as sciatica, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia.

Improves sleep patterns and treat insomnia 

Is tossing and turning a part of your nightly ritual? If so, receiving acupuncture could be an easy fix.

When you have trouble sleeping, it is likely that unbalanced yin and yang is to blame. Yin and yang are the relative opposite qualities or manifestations of Qi within our bodies.

Several studies have shown that acupuncture can improve the balance of those energies resulting in longer, more restful sleep. 

Conquer chemotherapy treatments 

Receiving acupuncture can reduce nausea and vomiting that often accompanies chemotherapy as well as help boost immunity that is often destroyed by the treatments. The National Cancer Institute officially recognizes the effectiveness of acupuncture for symptom management following chemotherapy.

We generally target two of the nausea-inducing acupuncture points, the Neiguan and the Zusanli. Applying direct pressure to these points allows the body to rid itself of nausea.

Relax through pregnancy 

Are any of the lovely ladies in your life expecting a bundle of joy? If so, you should encourage them to try acupuncture during and after their pregnancy. 

Acupuncture treatment is able to reduce pre-labor stress and anxiety. Also, it has been proven to reduce the pain felt when going through labor.

It's not just about the pregnancy, though. After giving birth, some women face serious physical and mental problems that weren't present before. These can include anxiety, depression, and uncontrollable mood swings, and they're one of the worst parts of having a child.

The experts at Kokin Healing Center are well versed in developing a plan to meet a woman's needs through the entire pregnancy and post-partum period following birth.

Some parting thoughts on improving your health with acupuncture 

If you are still on the fence about acupuncture, consider the following statistics:

  • 75% of patients in a controlled study found that acupuncture relieved their physical symptoms.
  • 67% of patients in a controlled study found that acupuncture relieved their mental and emotional symptoms.
  • 54% felt inner life changes while 27% experienced major life changes.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Marin Kokin at our Sherman Oaks or Calabasas office to learn more about how our holistic self-healing approach to medicine can benefit you.

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