Acupuncture is the latest fad among top actors, musicians and star athletes – know why!
Acupuncture is a Chinese alternative medication through puncture of needles (acus-needles). Its origin can be dated back to 4000 years in China. Chinese people however believe that the usage started in Stone Age, when sharp tools were used to puncture and cure abscesses. According to them – any disturbance of the energy ‘Chi force’ or life force, is the sole cause of any illness. The pathways in which Chi flows are called meridians, as per their belief there are 20 meridians and 2000 acupuncture points. So whenever there is a blockage and imbalance of the forces yin and yang, acupuncture is applied to enable the flow again. It has become increasingly popular in the West too. They believe that the use of needles in specific points stimulates the central nervous system and starts a brain effect similar to that of a pain killer. National Centre for Health Statistics survey in 2002 has reported 8.2 million adults are trying this new found therapy.
1 Acupuncture enters the world of Hollywood
In China and many other Asian countries it is already an accepted alternative to main stream medication. It has recently been widely embraced by A-list of Hollywood celebrities, musicians, star athletes in the West. Reasons aplenty – general wellness, weight loss, face lift, infertility, recovery from injuries and pain to list some. The use of acupuncture among celebrities can be dated back to Marilyn Monroe. She had used it to get relief from stomach cramps when she visited Tokyo with Joe DiMaggio. In later years, Katy Perry has been one of the first followers of this. Jim Carrey shares in a testimonial that acupuncture along with nutritional diet advice by Dr. Maoshing Ni has improved his general well being and over all state of health. Kim Kardashian in her patent style of sensationalizing things posed her needle poked face in Instagram, commenting she was just relaxing.
2 Celebrity Pregnancy and Acupuncture
Singer Celine Dion resorted to the treatment along with IVF to successfully conceive twins at the age of 42. She helped Mariah with positive advice for acupuncture who tried the treatment and conceived without IVF, also gave birth to twins’ post 40. Actress Natalie Portman said it helped reduce stress during pregnancy, while Kate Winslet found it effective to reduce labour pain. Dr. Sunita Kapur of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi shared the observation that acupuncture can stimulate the hormone system in women to secrete the right hormone at the right time in a woman’s cycle helping fertility. Sheryl Crow and Jennifer Aniston are some others who used it during pregnancy too.
3 When the skin needs some needles
Youthful skin is desired by all, especially those in the business of glamour and beauty. But aging is a natural process sparing none. Therefore most celebrities have to resort to alternative therapies; some go under the knife to save the wrinkles through cosmetic surgery and Botox. Acupuncture has shown them a new hope. A huge number of celebrity clientele are turning for ‘face lifts’ through acupuncture a painless substitute of surgery. Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cher are some of the procedure’s fans. Another admirer Stephen Collins often tweets about the wonders of Acupuncture.
4 Losing weight by popping your balloon with needles
Acupuncture is yet another cure for weight loss. Actors and models need to stay in shape to hook best projects. Jessica Simpson has been using it, music icon Jennifer Lopez has effectively lost 15 pounds in a short duration through it. Sometimes it may be assisted by use of herbs and diet plans to achieve best results. The needle cushion does not hurt but feels like mild pin pokes. Post sessions there is a great sense of relaxation and stress release as an additional benefit. Botox is becoming passé for its relatively high cost factor and heavy side effects in the long run.
5 Acupuncture is now a selfie trend
Penelope Cruz has been sporting her photos with needles poked in her ears. Supermodel Kate Moss has used it for overcoming her addiction with cocaine. She was also treated with auricular acupuncture which has benefits of helping addictions, asthma, hay fever and arthritis. Some other celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow use cupping a form of acupuncture for remedial benefits. Sandra Bullock uses it three times a week and her studios pay up her bills as per contract. Matt Damon was also spotted with ear needles when he answered that he is into auricle acupuncture for spasms in his neck and pack. Robert Downey Jr won an award promoting acupuncture being a strong follower and believer.
6 Extreme Health Need for Acupuncture
Oprah Winfrey has also been using it regularly. Fashion model Iman Abdulmajid use it for general boost of health. It has also been a therapy for combating serious illnesses like breast cancer. Valerie Harper’s cancer was 90% cured by the therapy. Celebrity Sheryl Crow experienced wonderful improvement using it along with Chinese herbal formulas to cure her breast cancer. Grateful from the procedure, she raised awareness and helped other women suffering from the same get information about it.
7 Acupuncture also enters the world of Sports
The use of acupuncture is not restricted to Hollywood celebrities. It is widely used by athletes for their injuries, pains and maintaining fitness for the games. The San Francisco Giants and The New York Yankees have appointed acupuncturists for regular treatment of players. NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has got good relief from it he says. Also hockey superstar Jaromir Jagr it takes benefits of the treatment. Olympic high-jumper Amy Acuff was so happy with the results that she has started practicing it. Acupuncture is sometimes combined with physiotherapy, stretching, message to bring about athlete’s body.
8 Acupuncture for an all-around medication for adults and kids
It is also a good cure for arthritis pains, migraine headaches and stiffness of muscles too. Hollywood star Gwen Stefani was relieved from migraine during pregnancy and treats her son too. There are some celebrities treating their pets with this medication even. To sum it all I can say acupuncture has found a new fan following in Hollywood celebrities, sports athletes, musicians and page 3 personalities as a major remedy for various purposes.