If acupuncture is the end-all, be-all for chronic pain, can it help to boost your mood and in turn, make you a happier human being? Absolutely yes, says the master of non-invasive beauty treatments, Dr. Selma Uygun.
Doctor Selma Uygun is a Düsseldorf-based plastic surgeon, holistic medic, and absolute queen of non-invasive beauty treatments. Praised for trading invasive surgery for other alternatives, she’s focused completely on her clientele’s spiritual wellness and delivering naturally beautiful, quick results with little to no downtime. Acupuncture, if placed in the appropriate areas, can release serotonin (the key hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness) in the brain. This form of acupuncture has a pain-relieving and mood-lifting effect. But how does acupuncture work to make you feel happiness?
According to Palmgren Acupuncture, acupuncture does the following when used to treat mood. First, it can increase your sense of well-being. When you receive acupuncture, your body is filled with “feel-good” hormones that give you a feeling of joy or even a high. Second, it relaxes you. Acupuncture is a delicate process in which you can even fall asleep. If you do end up falling asleep, you will wake up feeling refreshed. Third, this treatment creates a body-mind connection. Acupuncture, like other wellness treatments, brings you into the present moment. Here, you pay attention to your body and de-stress. When your body is at rest, you are out of “fight-or-flight” mode, and your sympathetic nervous system is deactivated.
Acupuncture can treat the following:
- Chronic pain
- Respiratory diseases
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Gynaecological diseases
- Smoking cessation
- Desire for children
- Weight loss
- Anger, aggression
How Does the Treatment Work?
In Dr. Selma Uygun’s office, she starts off by preparing sterile, single-use needles. Acupuncture is usually painless and is performed on an outpatient basis. Acupuncture with long needles is a 20 to 30 minute treatment in the practice. Permanent needles stay in the ear until they fall off on their own. After the needles are placed, you may leave the office. Even with these needles in your body, you can shower normally, do sports, sleep, and more. Dr. Uygun also offers permanent needles that are used for ear acupuncture in her office.
What is the History of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old Chinese healing method in which fine needles are pricked into areas of the body. Acupuncture can alleviate discomfort. These days, it is used in addition to traditional medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine says that the human body is crisscrossed with channels known as meridians. The life energy Qi flows through the meridians. There are more than 700 points on the body. About 400 of these points are used for acupuncture. This energy flows harmoniously in a healthy body. Illnesses appear when this energy comes from poor nutrition, cold, warmth which disrupts your energy to flow. Acupuncture can clear these blockages.
What Ailments is Acupuncture Used For?
According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture can be used for chronic pain, respiratory diseases, allergies, gastrointestinal problems, and gynecological diseases. Acupuncture during the last few weeks of pregnancy can even help shorten the labor process. Regardless of the ailment, if you are planning on getting acupuncture, the treatment should be discussed with your doctor first. Acupuncture is not advised in the case of severe coagulation disorders, severe psychiatric illnesses, and unclear findings that require immediate clarification.
Will you be trying it?