Acupuncture for the Elderly

As we age, recipe we gain experience and wisdom. We learn more about the world, and about ourselves. However, there is a downside to aging. Along with all of the benefits the process brings, it also brings an inevitable degradation of the body. However, you don’t have to lay down and succumb to the changes in your body. There are options for easing the discomfort that may accompany the aging process.

Acupuncture is a form of medicine from China, dating back at least 2,500 years, in which a skilled practitioner strategically places small needles in precise points on the patient’s body. The basic theory behind acupuncture is that health problems are caused by imbalances in the body’s natural energy, or Qi (pronounced “chee”). Acupuncture is believed to correct these imbalances in specific points close to the patient’s skin.

Aging brings with it pain. Acupuncture may help with this by causing certain chemicals to be produced in the brain, including serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine. These chemicals serve to reduce pain as well as depression. The production of these chemicals not only reduces pain itself, but may protect the immune system.

Acupuncture, and many other forms of Eastern medicine, have the benefit of not presenting a danger of drug interactions. As our bodies age and more and more conditions become present, people tend to be prescribed a whole host of medications, often by a number of doctors and specialists. Without careful, concise communication between doctors, medications that react badly with each other may be prescribed. Finding a source of pain relief without the stress of taking even more medication can relieve stress and anxiety in a patient concerned for his or her health.


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