Benefits of Acupuncture

Benefits Of Acupuncture

Southwest Integrative Medicine can help you feel better by helping the energy in your body flow more smoothly. The use of acupuncture benefits mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The stress of everyday life creates blockages in the 14 energy channels, also called meridians, located throughout the body. Restoring balance to these meridians is the key to promoting health and feeling better. Acupuncture helps restore this balance by unblocking the channels and allowing energy, or Qi, to move freely throughout the body. Acupuncture has been practiced in China for thousands of years. Acupuncture can be helpful in treating:

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Cold
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Flu
  • Infertility
  • Skin conditions
  • Sleep disorders
  • Smoking
  • Thyroid problems
  • Weight loss

The health professionals at Southwest Integrative Medicine insert hair-thin, stainless-steel needles into the skin to unblock energy flow. For many, the idea of inserting needles into their skin makes them feel squeamish. They may be worried about pain or blood, but if done professionally, neither will occur. But, for most, there is only a mild sensation. According to Dr. Robin Terranella, "It is safe, sanitary, there is no crossing of bloodborne pathogens, and needles are never reused. For the issue of pain, we say it is virtually painless. Pain is a subjective experience, and while some feel no pain, others would never conceive of trying it from fear. If the patient is fearful we take things very slowly."

Acupuncturists at Southwest Integrative Medicine have received as much as 3,000 hours of training. This is far beyond the licensing requirements of some, and greater than the 200-800 hours of clinical training required in the state of Arizona.

Before treatment begins, you undergo a complete physical exam and you'll discuss your medical history and reason for seeking acupuncture. Patients may combine their acupuncture treatments with conventional medicine or other alternative treatment options. The doctors at Southwest Integrative Medicine are experts at balancing alternative and conventional methods of health therapy, providing a well-rounded treatment program for patients.


Stress can takes its toll physically, especially if it is left untreated. It can be difficult to take time to rest and relax, but scheduling time for acupuncture will give you a break from daily life, with the bonus of helping you deal with depression, anxiety, and fatigue. Instead of treating anxiety and depression with prescription medications that may create severe side effects, acupuncture circulates Qi. Practitioners believe the energy blockages and disruption that acupuncture treats cause depression and anxiety. By releasing these blockages, the condition is alleviated.

Managing Pain

Pain may be temporary and associated with an injury, or it may be chronic, like that associated with fibromyalgia and arthritis. With acupuncture, you can forego prescription medications and still alleviate your pain. Even if pain is severe enough to require medication, you can combine acupuncture with conventional treatment for the most effective pain relief.


Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs in existence, and because of it, smoking is a tough habit to kick. If you want to quit smoking, acupuncture can help. When combined with conventional medications for smoking cessation like Zyban and Nicorette, acupuncture lessens physical cravings for nicotine and eases smoking withdrawal symptoms like headaches, irritability, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Acupuncture helps increase your energy level and willpower, both necessary components for breaking a bad habit.

Weight Loss

Overeating is a common response to anxiety and frustration. Acupuncture helps relieve these trigger feelings, and supports weight-loss efforts. The endorphins that are released during the insertion of the acupuncture needles relaxes the body, balances the digestive system, and stimulates hormones that affect the metabolism. Acupuncture can be combined with other natural weight-loss methods offered at Southwest Integrative Medicine.


Modern couples face a variety of challenges when trying to get pregnant. Stress and anxiety are factors that make it difficult to conceive. But, acupuncture relaxes the body physically, mentally, and emotionally, making it function more efficiently. Increased blood flow to the reproductive organs and stabilization of hormone levels help the reproductive system function better. Acupuncture can also improve ovarian function and increase sperm production.

Acupuncture is a natural, safe way to deal with a variety of illness and conditions. Speak with the health professionals at Southwest Integrative Medicine for more information.

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