Why Acupuncture is a great alternative to pharmaceuticals for pain relief?

Many pharmaceutical drugs can provide pain relief.   Despite this, pharmaceutical drugs do cause side effects.  For example, taking too much of aspirin can cause stomch ulcers and taking too much tylenol can cause liver damage.  Vicadin is a heavy duty pain killers and taking too much of vicadin can lead to constipation.  For some people, it is these types of side effects that force people to look at alternative forms of healing.  One type of alternative healing is acupuncture.

Acupuncture is a 2000 year old medicine that has its roots in China.   It is based on the concept that energy flows throughout the body and that if this energy becomes stuck in the body then disease results.   On a scientific level, acupuncture works by normalizing brain structures that are involved in pain which are called the cingulate and the thalamus.  Current research based on fMRI studies indicate that acupuncture helps to reduce the activity in these 2 brain areaa snd thus provide pain relief.  With acupuncture, there are no side effects apart from the occasional bruising of needles.  Also the pain relief is quick and thus acupuncture is the perfect drug free alternative to pain management.

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