CBD y acupuntura
We must also say that cannabidiol, or CBD, has recently increased in popularity and recognition, being already at the forefront of the news. In fact, CBD is on its way to becoming a standard household supplement in one form or another.
This is largely thanks to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the first CBD drug for epilepsy in the U.S. in June 2018, as well as other health benefits.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese technique for treating a variety of health problems and symptoms, including pain. At multiple “acupuncture points,” an acupuncturist inserts very thin steel needles into the patient’s skin.
The goal of this is to rebalance the body’s energy, or Qi. By inserting the needles into these points, natural chemicals are released to combat the disease or symptom.
Therefore, acupuncture is a treatment that stimulates specific points on the body by inserting very thin steel needles into the skin. The goal is to relieve a symptom or health condition, such as pain. The method is based on traditional Chinese medicine. It is known that in certain circumstances, scientific studies have shown its effectiveness.
What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?
Acupuncture can help with a variety of health problems. It is most often used to treat long-term chronic pain, as well as:
- Back pain, neck pain, or muscle pain.
- It is also used to treat arthritis.
- Headaches and migraines.
- Knee pain.
- Sports injuries.
- Also menstrual cramps.
In addition, there are other conditions that acupuncture may help, including:
- Facial pain and other nerve discomfort.
- The side effects of cancer and its treatments.
- Irritable bowel syndrome.
- Some immune system problems.
- Discomfort during pregnancy.
- Menopause and hot flashes.
How does acupuncture work?
The energy that passes through the body is called Qi in Chinese medicine. Disturbances of Qi, according to Chinese medicine, cause energy imbalances in the body, leading to disease.
As mentioned, acupuncture uses needles to stimulate acupuncture points throughout the body to rebalance Qi. Hundreds of acupuncture points are found throughout the body along 14 major meridians, also known as energy-carrying channels.
The needles work by stimulating the body’s natural systems to:
- Reacting to a symptom or illness.
- Restore the body’s balance.
- Also to release endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers and neurotransmitters, which are the chemicals that control nerve impulses.
When does acupuncture work?
The acupuncturist will discuss the condition with the patient during the initial appointment. Then, he or she will be sure to examine your body for areas where acupuncture will work. The acupuncturist will then insert needles into various points on your body.
It is worth mentioning that the needles are disposable, sterile and as thin as a human hair. In addition, the needles are inserted at different depths, from a fraction of an inch to a couple of inches. The needles can be left in for as little as a few minutes or as long as 20 minutes.
CBD and acupuncture: a perfect combination
CBD and acupuncture are a great complement to each other. This is due to their shared biofunctional activities of harmonizing and healing the body. On the one hand, acupuncture balances yin and yang, or homeostasis, while CBD helps regulate the endocannabinoid system.
Seed acupuncture stimulates the body directly through its network of acupuncture points and channels to improve energy, circulation and immune system function. It does all this while reducing excesses in the body, such as inflammation. In the case of CBD, it stimulates physiological processes that decrease pain and inflammation by working with endocannabinoid receptors.
It’s worth noting that both acupuncture and CBD work with the body to promote healing rather than interrupting the body’s natural reaction to injury to reduce inflammation. Natural physiological responses, such as inflammation and muscle recovery, can be disrupted by the use of an anti-inflammatory.
Studies have also shown that anti-inflammatory drugs slow muscle regeneration and decrease the healing of ligaments, tendons and cartilage. These drugs are also believed to eliminate the entire inflammatory-mediated proliferative healing phase of inflammation related to the actions of white blood cells.
In a study of the effects of anti-inflammatory drugs on acute hamstring injuries, researchers found that patients who took an anti-inflammatory drug experienced no greater reduction in pain or soft tissue swelling than those who took a placebo.
Surprisingly, people who took the anti-inflammatory drug had worse pain associated with serious injuries than the placebo group, according to the study findings.
How much CBD should be taken?
As an excellent treatment option for sports-related injuries, acupuncture and CBD work together to relieve pain, and speed healing, all with little to no side effects.
However, when it comes to CBD, more is not always better. CBD, like acupuncture seeds, works with the body, so be wary of research that suggests taking large doses. CBD needs some time for the body to respond.
The dosage of CBD is determined by your weight, body chemistry, diet and the type of condition you are trying to treat. It is recommended to start with the smallest effective dose, and gradually increase until the desired results are achieved.
Depending on the product you purchase, a typical serving size of CBD hemp extract with dropper or spray will contain between 10 and 35 mg of CBD.
Don’t forget that higher potency CBD products are more expensive, as they require less dosage. But as mentioned, the ideal is to start with a small dose, such as 10 mg three times a day for ten days.
It can also be helpful to keep a diary to record the effects. This way you can track your progress and determine both the product and the dosage that best suits your needs.
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