Alternative therapies have been growing in popularity in the past few decades, offering different forms of treatment for a variety of conditions. Today, ShBarcelona is going to tell you about one of the most popular alternative therapies available, called acupuncture. Acupuncture was created in China hundreds of years ago as a way of balancing the body’s energetic flow. Today it is a form of therapy practiced in several countries in the world.
How does acupuncture work?
The therapist pierces the skin with very thin needles in strategic points of the body, which stimulates nerves, muscles, and tissues.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective way to produce relief from several forms of pain: toothache, menstrual cramps, headache, back pain, etc. It is also used to reduce stress, anxiety and other symptoms of depression through relaxation and the puncturing of points that stimulate the production of both endorphin and serotonin.
But the benefits don’t stop there. Acupuncture can be used to treat: insomnia, agitation, allergies, hair loss, incontinence, skin problems, gynecological issues, fertility problems, among many others. It can also help reduce the symptoms of PMS and menopause or even be used to quit smoking, as it provides relief from the withdrawal symptoms.
Is acupuncture safe?
If practiced by a certified professional acupuncture is a safe form of therapy. It is of the utmost importance that you always make sure your therapist is using new needles, otherwise you will be at risk of contracting diseases from previous patients.
Are there people that shouldn’t be treated with acupuncture?
Yes. Acupuncture should not be used in those with clotting problems, in pregnant women or those who have a pacemaker.
Where can I try acupuncture in Barcelona?
There are several places in the city where you can book an acupuncture session. Here are some options:
Rambla Catalunya 50
C/ Travessera de Les Corts, 285
Rambla de Catalunya 111
Gran Vía de Carlos III , 64-66
C/Gran de Gràcia, 16 1º
C/ Sepúlveda, 93