Improved Health and Quality of Life
Acupuncture balances the body’s energy systems. Our lifestyles, thought patterns and diets create an imbalance in the body. Acupuncture helps to balance these energy systems through acupuncture points. These points are gateways to the body’s energy flow. They help to take the “load” off of excess and redirect that Qi (loosely translated as energy) to the areas in your body that are deficient.
Acupuncture balances your body’s energy. A little stress is actually good for you, but most people today experience far too much of it. Experience these high-stress levels day after day makes it very difficult for your body to relax and balance; regular acupuncture treatments are a powerful way to enable this relaxation and balance.
Helping with chronic and acute pain is one of the most common applications of acupuncture. Arthritis, neck pain, back pain, menstrual pain, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, joint sprains & strains, digestive pain, etc. are helped by acupuncture. If you experience a migraine, cluster and other headaches, you can often find relief right there on the table. The results can be amazing.
Improved and Faster Recovery from Injury, Illness, and Surgery
This can be accomplished using acupuncture to increase circulation, reduce inflammation and reduce scarring. “Weekend warrior” types of injuries are known to heal much faster with acupuncture. Many professional sports teams have staff acupuncturists.
Achieving emotional balance can be both the primary focus of acupuncture treatment and is a positive “side effect” when you use acupuncture for other reasons. Depression, anxiety, frustration, and worry are a few emotional imbalances treated. Acupuncture points have a physical and emotional aspect of their function and most times both of those aspects are accessed during the acupuncture treatment.
Allergies, asthma, sinusitis, rhinitis are conditions that are positively impacted by acupuncture every day. Being aware of indoor pollutants – cleaning chemicals, outgassing of plastics & fabrics, molds etc. and taking steps to reduce them can also reduce respiratory imbalances. Nasal irrigation is also very helpful.
Insomnia and other sleep issues are also very commonly addressed by acupuncture. Since insomnia and sleep disturbances can be caused by stress, injury, pain, and emotional imbalance, good sleep can also be a positive “side effect” when acupuncture is used for other primary reasons. Acupuncture treatment can easily be focused on insomnia and sleep disturbances.
Strengthening Your Immune System
This can be accomplished by balancing your body’s energy systems with acupuncture. Stress, illness, environmental toxins, and allergies, are just a few of the causes of a weakened immune system. Acupuncture strengthens the immune system.
Premenstrual (PMS) and Menopausal Symptom Relief
I would venture to say that every experienced acupuncturist has helped with PMS and relieving menopausal symptoms. These conditions are very common, of course, and acupuncture is very effective in treating the symptoms associated with them. Headaches, cramping, sleep disturbances, mood swings, night sweats, cycle length and duration, and pimples are just a few of the common symptoms.
Reduction of Side Effects of Chemo and Radiation Therapies
This can also be a very powerful benefit of acupuncture. Please head to www.cancer.gov and input “acupuncture” in their search box for much more detailed information including studies that have been conducted showing acupuncture’s effectiveness. The side effects acupuncture can help include (but are not limited to) coughing, fever, anxiousness, nausea, depression, night sweats, dry mouth, pain, diarrhea, and constipation. Improved quality of life is, without a doubt, experienced by every cancer patient I have treated.
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