What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a mystifying practice originating from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is becoming more and more popular with people seeking alternative therapies to drugs and surgeries in addition to becoming more widely accepted in western medicine. Not only are there little to no adverse side effects, but there’s also compelling evidence suggesting a multitude of benefits!
How does acupuncture work?
The treatment consists of inserting thin needles into the skin at specific points on the body to relieve pain. The reason it’s mystifying is this: researchers haven’t yet figured out just how it works physiologically. Scientists believe that the power of the mind and belief may have a lot to do with it.
Practitioners of TCM purport that acupuncture affects 12 channels or meridians of energy/life force (otherwise known as Qi — pronounced Chee) that is said to flow throughout our bodies. Though these channels are invisible, the premise is that physical, emotional and chemical stresses that occur in our everyday lives cause blockages along these meridians, ultimately leading to disease.
Whatever the answer may be – I’ve witnessed acupuncture alleviate all kinds of ailments – and that’s what really matters. Bottom line? I would suggest it to anyone!
Will it help me?
There’s a great chance it will have a positive effect on your body. Most people notice after just one treatment that they feel more relaxed, can breathe deeper, and can sleep better than usual.
Frequently people notice a difference after their first treatment. I don’t usually treat a specific ailment on the first go. Instead, I start by targeting general points that seem to help most people. Once I get a feel for your body, I will start to target specific areas that I believe could be the source of bodily discomfort.
Keep in mind that your attitude also plays a role. If you don’t believe acupuncture is helping, it probably won’t. Due to the effects being somewhat subtle, your openness to seeing improvements depends on your preconceptions and expectations.
Who benefits from acupuncture?
According to the National Institutes of Health, acupuncture may be extremely beneficial in helping to mitigate the effects of chronic pain in addition to tension headaches and osteoarthritis. There’s also evidence supporting its ability to reduce feelings of nausea – especially after surgeries.
I have had great success helping people with headaches, stress management, sleep issues and especially females with menstrual cycle issues/infertility. In my practice, I often start with chiropractic manipulations, but when chiropractic treatment doesn’t seem to do the trick, I always turn to acupuncture. Acupuncture has given me unexpected results in some patients such as hyperhidrosis (excessively sweaty palms) in addition to helping some with stress management.
Acupuncture is a great avenue to explore for someone who has tried everything and can’t quite find the right help. If you are someone who is suffering and doesn’t know where to begin but don’t want to try anything invasive, acupuncture is a great place to start. Even if you don’t suffer from any specific ailments, this therapy is a great way to maintain a healthy body.
You can bet, just like “there’s an app for that,” “there’s a target point for that” too. My goal is to give you the tools to feel good and love the body you live in.