Invented by the Chinese, acupuncture uses fine, sterile needles to stimulate acupoints that release energy flow throughout the body. Its effectiveness has been documented by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and is now widely practiced in the United States to treat pain. Based on the philosophy that pain is caused by blocked pathways along the meridian nerves, acupuncture therapy clears the pathways through acupoint stimulation, which improves the endocrine, immune, nervous, cardiovascular and digestive systems.
These painless needles have multifaceted benefits, which include the following:
After your very first experience, you may not feel its effects right away, but consistent therapy appointments will improve your health over time. Your daily habits and posture shape your neural pathways. Every time you feel pain, a specific pathway is created and connected to your brain, and when the same kind of pain occurs repeatedly, that pathway is reinforced. The longer you’ve been experiencing a set of symptoms, the longer it will take for acupuncture to redirect the nerves to create new ways to relieve the pain.
In addition to treating rheumatoid arthritis, digestive problems, and other ailments, acupuncture therapy is also increasingly used to treat addiction. Research shows that acupuncture therapy can elevate the level of endorphins in the body, which provides relief from cravings and calms the nerves.
According to a 1989 study, about 80 patients struggling with alcohol and drug abuse were treated. They were divided into two groups; only one of the groups received acupuncture in addition to counseling. The results show that those who received acupuncture and counseling were 50% more likely to maintain abstinence and recovery, and the outcome was just as good as those who received methadone during detoxification. Acupuncture therapy yielded better results than methadone because there is no risk of transferring addiction from one substance to another. For this reason, New Method Wellness uses holistic methods such as acupuncture to treat dual diagnosis disorders.