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Three ailments you had no idea acupuncture could help

By Sangeeta Kocharekar October 4, 2017
ACUPUNCTURE

There's probably a lot you don't know about Chinese Medicine. 

If you haven't heard of acupuncture, now's the time to take note. The ancient form of Chinese Medicine is becoming increasingly more mainstream as the world is beginning to discover its effectiveness. 

We recently chatted to an Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist at Sydney's Nimbus & Co., about what it involved, how exactly it worked, and what we can use it for. They told us the treatment involves gently inserting very fine, sterile needs into specific points on your body for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the condition being treated. The needles then work to stimulate the body's natural healing response – reducing stress and inflammation, improving circulation and rebalancing hormones. 

The Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist also told us that most people will be referred to acupuncturists to treat aches and pains, the practice can also work wonders on a number of other surprising ailments. Scroll down to read what they are.

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1. Improve sleep

Acupuncture's been shown to improve the sleep quality in people suffering from insomnia and other sleep disorders so they wake up feeling refreshed. With poor sleep quality causing lack of concentration, premature aging, weight gain and mood swings, we're over the moon to find this solution.

2. Reduce anxiety 

Our ears perked up when we heard this one with anxiety becoming as prevalent as it has. While the verdict's out on whether or not acupuncture can in fact successfully treat anxiety, it's a great alternative to at least try, as it's cheaper than long-term therapy and lets you avoid the side effects of modern medicine. 

3. Digestive complaints

Suffering from constipation, diarrhoea, stomach ulcers, or IBS? Acupuncturists can work to fix this by first focusing on finding the root cause of your symptoms and then selecting specific Acupuncture points to help things flow as they should.