Even if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s day on the 14th of February, it is very obvious that there are others who do. There are some people who actually do “Anti-Valentine’s day” and do everything in contrast to the romance that has been lost in the rush toward commercialism. However you’d like to treat Valentine’s day, you should do something that helps create a stronger inner you. We suggest you treat your whole body through the central nervous system. 

If you have never had Acupuncture as a treatment before, let me explain the process: Acupuncture is a minimally intrusive approach to stimulating nerve-rich regions of the skin surface. Thin metallic needles are inserted at certain points on the body into the skin with gentle and specific movements that produce a sensation of pressure or aches in order to impact the tissues, glands, organs, and numerous processes of the body. The practice adheres to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. 

These Acupuncture needles create slight damage at the location of insertion and although the damage is sufficiently minor, causing little to no pain, it acts as a signal to the body to respond. This response includes activation of the immune system, an increase of blood flow to the location accelerates wound healing, and decreases the level of pain. Acupuncture may be used to treat a variety of conditions.

Acupuncture or Acupressure, what is it all about? 

During Acupuncture, a trained and qualified Specialist inserts sterilized needles that are as thin as hair into different locations on the body. The Acupuncturist will look for responsive regions to insert 5-20 needles to points that produce a sensation of pressure or ache and it will remain in its position for 10 to 15 minutes. Needles may prickle but only when inserted and your muscles may tingle from the needles. Acupuncture works to restore balance to the body by stimulating the body’s central nervous system and meridians, which are channels through which energy flows. Biochemical changes that occur may stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities. 

Auricular therapy or ear acupressure is designed to treat the whole body from the ear. The ear is closest to the brain and one of the first parts of the body to develop in in-vitro. The human ear represents a microsystem of the human body which means that certain points on the ear are linked to specific areas of the body. Those points can then be used to heal the body parts that they’re matched to. This practice dates back over 2,500 years and uses extremely thin, thread-like needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points. 

The father of modern auricular acupuncture, Dr. Paul Nogier noted that the human ear resembled an upside-down fetus and he created the “inverted fetus map” of the ear, which is still used for treatment today. Auricular acupressure can be used for a wide range of indications, and it is especially useful to relieve pain, calm the mind, treat allergies and infectious diseases, regulate endocrine system disorders, and treat chronic disease and functional disorders. It is also used for withdrawal symptoms.

Acupressure is another medical practice used in Traditional Chinese Medicine that is similar to acupuncture but does not include the use of needles and instead applies pressure to the patient’s skin. According to some, the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points, all of which are connected to one another via meridians. Both acupuncture and acupressure are predicated on the theory that Qi (the force that makes up and binds together all things in the universe) is enhanced by applying pressure to certain points in the body. 

Treat yourself

There are many reasons to consider Acupuncture treatment. With regular sessions, the wide range of positive effects will be long-lasting. Pain alleviation and management, better mental health, better sleep quality, improved musculoskeletal issues, and less dependency on western medicine are just some of the advantages. Acupuncture is primarily used to reduce pain or discomfort brought on by a number of illnesses and disorders, such as:

  • Postoperative nausea 
  • Toothache
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Labor pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Period cramps
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Golfer’s elbow

Here are a couple more advantages to getting Acupuncture treatment:

  • Adding to the support of the immune system 
  • Increase energy
  • Supports the digestive system
  • Enhances feelings of wellbeing