Many have heard of the beneficial effects of acupuncture for pain. Neck, back, hip, and knee pain all find powerful relief. However, people may not realize that acupuncture relieves trauma as well. A 2019 study investigated this topic and concluded that “acupuncture could be a useful tool for reducing pain and psychological symptoms related to earthquakes.”
Researchers at the Medical Association of Lombard Acupuncture (Milan, Italy) studied the effects of acupuncture on victims of a 6.0 earthquake that caused nearly 300 deaths. It left 30,000 people homeless in Amatrice, Italy. The study was entitled “An Observational Study on Acupuncture for Earthquake-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”
Traumas like earthquakes, car accidents, unexpected deaths in the family, or unanticipated sickness all take a huge toll on our health and wellbeing. Often, the very nature and circumstances of the events taking place make it difficult to seek treatment. Acupuncture is an excellent source of care at such times because it delivers deep-rooted, long-lasting results in a short amount of time. Acupuncture relieves trauma by restoring balance to the mind, body, and spirit. Trauma, by its very nature, destabilizes us. Acupuncture puts disjointed pieces back together again, safely, naturally, and quickly.
Background and Objective of Study
People subject to earthquakes often experience severe psychiatric disorders, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Acupuncture helps patients cope with emotional trauma following natural disasters and public health events. This study was conducted in Central Italy following a severe earthquake by measuring the effect of acupuncture on pain and psychologic symptoms in the victims.
Method of Study
The research spanned five weeks, from September to October 2016. Staff members enrolled adult survivors of the earthquake who displayed psychological symptoms and musculoskeletal pain. Acupuncturists with at least three years experience performed the treatments. The research team used a verbal, numerical scale to quantify the effect of treatment. They utilized the Wilcoxon rank-sum test to compare scores before and after acupuncture treatment.
68% of the participants reported having both pain and psychologic symptoms. Following three consecutive acupuncture treatments, 54% and 61% of patients reported a dramatic reduction in psychologic and pain symptoms. Statistical analysis showed a significant difference between the scores reported before and after treatment, both for pain and psychologic symptoms. Researchers documented no negative side effects.
These results strongly suggest that acupuncture relieves trauma and is a useful tool for reducing physical pain and psychological symptoms related to trauma.
Acupuncture Relieves Trauma
These findings mirror our own experience at Raleigh Acupuncture. Patients who come to our clinic seeking relief from trauma, anxiety, depression, and pain experience profound relief. Treatments are safe, natural, and have no adverse side effects.
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Acupuncture Relieves Anxiety
Many life situations trigger anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Acupuncture relieves trauma and is a powerful tool that helps restore balance after a traumatic event. If you or a loved one is struggling following a tough time, give acupuncture a try. You will most likely be pleased with the results.
Carlo Moiraghi, Paola Poli, and Antonio Piscitelli.Medical Acupuncture.Apr 2019.116-122.http://doi.org/10.1089/acu.2018.1329
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