The oldest known medical book to date was written around 4000 years ago in China. This book describes the use of acupuncture to treat a wide range of medical issues. From there, knowledge of the treatment’s benefits spread across Asia – reaching Europe by the 1700s. Only in the last 200 years has acupuncture been medically prevalent in the United States.
Despite this short period of relevance, we have a good understanding of what happens when a person undergoes acupuncture. In a nutshell, treatment may cause physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain. These responses can then cause the body to release hormones, brain chemicals, and proteins that collectively govern a number of its functions: balancing blood pressure and body temperature, strengthening the immune system, and relieving pain.
These advantages of acupuncture are much of the reason why the treatment is often recommended to those fighting cancer. Moreover, we can all benefit from a natural immune boost, cancer or not. You see, when we build up the body’s natural defenses, it is significantly less likely that hostile organisms (like viruses or bacteria) will be able to take over. If our bodies fail to protect us, we get sick.
Acupuncture cannot cure a weak immune system; only you can take control of your health by choosing to exercise, eat right, get enough sleep, and be emotionally healthy. Acupuncture can complement and support your body when restoring it to good health. Treatment works to revitalize you – down to the very cells that make up your body.
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