5 Benefits of Acupuncture for Seniors
Acupuncture is one of the most integrative and effective health practices, offering a wealth of benefits for seniors. If your elderly loved one has health concerns, but would prefer a more holistic approach, acupuncture may be the answer. Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of aged home care in North Coast, offers these 5 ways seniors benefit from this time-tested medicine.
1. Safer Than Medication
Acupuncture has a safety rating far surpassing many other medicinal methods. It is relatively non-invasive, extremely gentle, and side effects are minimal. However, those with bleeding disorders or taking blood thinners may experience a small amount of bleeding, soreness, or bruising.
2. Improved Emotional Health
It is common for seniors to experience emotional troubles as they age. Acupuncture restores and maintains the equilibrium to the body, brain, and spirit, promoting physical and emotional stability. It helps overcome the depression, anxiety, grief, and hysteria that accompanies cognitive decline.
3. Better Sleep Quality
Many seniors, especially those with dementia, experience sleep disturbances. Acupuncture has a long tradition of treating insomnia and sleep apnea, and can also be effective at treating pain-related sleeping disturbances. Acupuncture can decrease the amount of time it takes to get to sleep, all the while increasing the amount of sleeping time.
4. Decreased Pain
Acupuncture is a natural anaesthetic. Stimulating the acupuncture points can improve the flow of qi, which, according to Chinese philosophy and medicine, is our vital life energy. When the qi is stuck and not flowing the way it should, pain can result. Acupuncture can remove the blockages, which decreases muscle tension and promotes relaxation.
5. Improved Digestion
It is a natural part of the ageing process to lose our sense of taste, but when we lose our appetite, eating becomes more difficult. Acupuncture stimulates digestion, which can increase appetite as well as improve digestion and elimination. This aids in the assimilation of nutrients, keeping our bodies and brains healthy.
If you’re looking for additional ways to help promote your loved one’s health, turn to Home Care Assistance. We offer aged care services for a variety of physical and cognitive needs that allow your loved one to remain comfortable in his or her own home. If you’d like to learn more about our care services, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or dementia care in North Coast, give us a call at (02) 6646 3527, and of our knowledgeable Care Managers can schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.