5 Ways Acupuncture Can Fix Your Health Problems
Acupuncture’s ability to combat basic stress may be a key part of its effectiveness with gastrointestinal disorders, says Tony Chon, M.D., chairman of the acupuncture practice at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. You should see your doctor if you’re injured, but if he or she says you don’t need any treatment beyond rest, then ask if it’s okay to go to an acupuncturist to help manage the pain or discomfort. This year, a Johns Hopkins study found that people with chronic tendinitis or arthritis who had 20-minute acupuncture sessions twice a week for 6 weeks had less pain and disability than people who only thought they were receiving acupuncture (the needles didn’t penetrate the skin). “Acupuncture seems to help pain receptors in the brain bind more easily to opioids such as endorphins, our body’s natural painkiller,” says Richard Harris, Ph.D., coauthor of the study. In the recent recession, I’ve been treating a lot of men who are under stress,” says Nicholas Zimet, a licensed acupuncturist with Prime Meridian Acupuncture, in Minneapolis. “After treatment, they feel more relaxed and able to deal with the pressures of life.” A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that depressed patients with severe anxiety can benefit from acupuncture.