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Maintaining Regular Acupuncture Treatment: Why?

Acupuncture, a longstanding practice in traditional Chinese medicine, has gained popularity in recent years. If you are new to acupuncture and decide to pursue treatment for a specific condition, you will be asked to come in weekly for a series of visits until your symptoms improve or are resolved. Many people then transition to a maintenance regimen, visiting once every other week or once a month to maintain their health and manage symptoms. Regular acupuncture visits offer numerous benefits for overall health and well-being.

One of the key reasons why regular acupuncture treatment is important is its ability to promote the release of our body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins, as well as chemicals that control nerve impulses called neurotransmitters. The insertion of fine needles at specific points on the body helps to release tension with a direct effect on the connective tissue by improving circulation and stimulating sensory nerves. Aside from reducing pain and symptoms, this can profoundly impact mental and emotional well-being, leading to greater calm and a balanced nervous system. Acupuncture is known to modulate the imbalances between the parasympathetic and sympathetic activity.

Furthermore, regular acupuncture sessions can also help to alleviate various physical ailments. From chronic pain and migraines, to digestive issues and insomnia, acupuncture is effective in providing relief for a wide range of conditions. By addressing imbalances in the body, acupuncture supports the natural healing process and enhances overall health. Acupuncture research has shown clinical efficacy on various autonomic nerve-related disorders, such as cardiovascular diseases, epilepsy, anxiety and nervousness, circadian rhythm disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and subfertility. An increasing number of studies have demonstrated acupuncture can control autonomic nerve system (ANS) functions, including blood pressure, pupil size, skin conductance, skin temperature, muscle sympathetic nerve activities, heart rate and/or pulse rate, and heart rate variability. Emerging evidence indicates acupuncture treatment not only activates distinct brain regions in different kinds of diseases caused by imbalance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic activities, but also modulates adaptive neurotransmitter in related brain regions to alleviate autonomic response.

In addition, acupuncture is a holistic practice that views the body as a whole, interconnected system. This means even if you seek treatment for a specific issue, the effects of acupuncture can have far-reaching benefits throughout the body. By stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, acupuncture can help to strengthen the immune system and improve overall vitality.

Moreover, regular acupuncture treatment can be a proactive approach to maintaining health and preventing illness. By addressing imbalances and promoting wellness before symptoms escalate, acupuncture can help individuals stay healthy and resilient.

The significance of regular acupuncture treatment is considerable. Whether seeking relief from a specific ailment or wanting to improve overall well-being, acupuncture provides a proven and effective approach to health care. It is important to consult with a qualified and experienced acupuncturist to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your individual needs.

Dalite Sancic, DACM, L.AC., MS, is clinical director and doctor of eastern medicine at Moon Brook Medicine in Rutland.

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