It seems that there isn’t a day that passes without some new advancement in modern medicine being revealed. More illnesses are being cured and people are living longer, healthier lives because of these changes, yet there is an ancient medical practice that many people turn to when modern medicine can’t help. Acupuncture treatment has been around since the days of the ancient Chinese, yet it is still a practice that thrives amid technological advances in medicine.

It’s a simplistic approach to healing that involves placing needles in certain parts of the body to restore normalcy to the meridians. That may sound like quackery to some, yet the fact that the use of acupuncture treatments is now on the rise tell us that there must be something to it. Let’s take a look at 5 common ailments that are now frequently treated with acupuncture:

1. Migraines

Headaches are painful enough for most people, but when they reach migraine level they can become almost unbearable. It’s no surprise then that acupuncture treatment for migraines is among the fastest growing out there at the moment.

2. Depression

The stresses of modern life are making more and more people reach for medical help to treat anxiety and depression. The problem with many of the medications for this particular ailment is that they are loaded up with a laundry list of side effects. Acupuncture offers a way to relax without having to have any unpleasant issues come about as a result of the treatment.

3. Morning sickness

There is nothing more wonderful than bringing a new child into the world, but the 9 months leading up to that day can be a nightmare for many women. Top of the complaints list would be morning sickness. There are medications that can help combat that, but more and more ladies are looking for a way to relive the sickness without having to put any kind of medication into their system.

4. Toothache

The pain that comes along with a diseased or damaged tooth is unlike any other type of pain you can imagine. Just making it through the day can become a chore, and forget trying to get any sleep at night as long as that dull throb keeps on strumming away. If you have to wait an extended period of time before you can visit your dentist to alleviate the pain, a little acupuncture may be just the thing to get your though those painful days and nights.

5. General aches and pains

If you were to take a straw poll of professional athletes and asked what they do to help relieve pain, a growing number would respond with acupuncture treatment. There is a real trend developing in that area, and it is one that is also extending beyond the sports field and into the workplace. Workers that have labor intensive jobs are now routinely turning to acupuncture to help them recover from the aches and pains of the daily working grind.

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Cheyenne is a health and wellness blogger who is currently working with Providence Chiropractic and Associates in Surrey, BC.