Surprising Benefits of Acupuncture


Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and involves the insertion of very tiny needles into specific areas of the skin. It provides a broad range of health benefits, some of which may surprise you. 

At Apex Acupuncture & Chiropractic’s two offices in New York City, New York, licensed acupuncturist Julie Juhyun Cho, DAOM, MPH, LAc provides a range of wellness services, including acupuncture, which has a number of benefits with which you may be unfamiliar. Keep reading to learn how acupuncture can benefit your overall health and well-being. 

Eases pain

If you’re struggling with pain, acupuncture may help you get relief. Acupuncture is shown to alleviate various types of pain, including osteoarthritis and low back pain. It eases pain by stimulating the release of pain-relieving substances and promoting the body’s own healing ability. 

CT scans have shown that acupuncture points correspond to small blood vessels. Stimulating these points are believed to contribute to the pain-relieving effects of acupuncture. 

Relieves migraines

Migraines affect nearly 40 million adults in the United States. They often strike unexpectedly and may occur frequently. Most Americans who suffer from migraines have at least one attack each month. 

Research shows that acupuncture not only helps relieve migraines, but it also reduces episodes. A review of studies found that acupuncture cut the frequency of migraine attacks in half. A follow-up study found that the benefit lasted long-term. 

Enhances mood

The chronic stress of a busy life is an often overlooked roadblock to optimal health. Because acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system, it helps balance the mind and body and stimulates the release of chemicals that enhance mood, including endorphins. 

Improves peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy (PN) causes abnormal sensations that typically affect the hands, legs, and feet. PN is the result of damage to the peripheral nerves. Common symptoms include burning, tingling, and numbness. Conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus increase the risk of peripheral neuropathy. 

Acupuncture enhances blood flow throughout the body and stimulates the nervous system, which improves peripheral neuropathy. It is beneficial for both large and small fiber neuropathy, according to research

Take advantage of the benefits of acupuncture

Dr. Cho combines complementary medicine with traditional approaches to treat a full spectrum of conditions. As a licensed medical acupuncturist, Dr. Cho provides safe, effective treatment. 

After taking a complete medical history as part of a thorough evaluation, Dr. Cho creates an individualized treatment plan to improve your health and wellness. 

Acupuncture offers benefits regardless of where you are on your wellness path. To get started, call one of our offices to schedule a visit with Dr. Cho, or book your request here on our website today.