1. Stress Relief
It has long been known by practitioners that acupuncture can relieve stress, which is responsible for or contributes to a whole host of diseases. Studies are now showing a measurable reduction in the amount of stress hormones in patients that receive acupuncture treatments. Regular treatments can keep even those under tremendous stress from suffering from the toll that these stress hormones take on our bodies.
2. Back Pain
The benefits of acupuncture for those suffering from pain have been well studied. Back pain in particular can respond quickly with lasting benefits. We often see patients leave our office feeling noticeably better after just one treatment! One study showed that just 5 weeks of twice-weekly treatments relieved back discomfort for up to 6 months.
A recent study showed a 26% increase in conception rates when acupuncture was used in conjunction with western fertility treatments. With the cost of western fertility treatments, increasing your chances by 26% is a big deal. Normally, about three months of weekly treatments, along with Chinese herbal formulas, is needed and the cost for this is pennies when compared to IUI and IVF treatment.
A new study showed Acupuncture and Chinese herbs were proven to be as effective as antidepressants. A different study found that acupuncture can help treat the side effects of antidepressant medications. This is an insidious condition that people often suffer through because they feel like they need to “tough it out”. Once weekly treatments can treat depression within 3 months so why suffer another day? Get help now.
Acupuncture increased sleep duration better than medications in a study of almost 4,000 patients. Acupuncture increases the production of neurotransmitters associated with relaxation and sleep, helping sufferers sleep better. The only time our bodies heal is when we are resting. Literally thousands of micro injuries are repaired every day, our immune system is rebuilt and if we are not getting enough rest, our bodies cannot heal and protect us.
Nearly half of the people who received acupuncture in addition to their usual headache treatments said that their headache days were cut by at least half in a large study. Only 16 percent of those who received no acupuncture reported the same level of relief. Headaches respond quickly to treatment! Instead of taking yet another pill, get treatment and get lasting relief!
Not to belittle “typical” headaches but most migraine sufferers will tell you that they would take a typical headache any day of the week. One of the largest studies to date revealed that patients given acupuncture experienced fewer migraine episodes, missed fewer days from work, and suffered no side effects compared to patients on conventional drug herapy. They also found acupuncture to be more cost-efficient, estimating a savings of hundreds of millions of dollars in private and social health expenditures, if it were used to treat headaches alone instead of drugs. Cheap, safe, effective…yes please!
8. Weight Loss
Participants in a weight loss study showed a 6.1% reduction in BMI while the control group who received “sham” acupuncture showed no reduction at all. Results can be seen in as little as two weeks with sustained reductions between two weeks and four months. We provide patients with diet and lifestyle advice that they can work with so they can reach their goals.
In as few as 12 acupuncture sessions, seasonal allergy sufferers experienced reduced symptoms and had to use antihistamines less often. We have found that it is best to start treatments before the allergy season actually hits, so with spring right around the corner, now is the time to start treatment!
10. Immune System
Studies have shown that acupuncture increases the level T-cells (cells which destroy bacteria and viruses). The body reacts to the acupuncture needles like any trauma to the body and increased production of immune cells. Since the micro-lesions caused by the needles take a few days to heal, the effects last for days after the treatment.
Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!