As you probably already know, Acupuncture can be a great therapeutic tool for a multitude of health disorders, from musculoskeletal pain to insomnia to infertility. However few people know how delicate these treatments can actually be, and when combined with certain activities of lifestyle choices, may be rendered less effective. If you are a responsible individual who is determined to progress your health in positive and holistic ways, take a look at the tips below to see how you can exponentially increase the therapeutic effects of your Acupuncture treatment to your benefit!
Although it seems pretty common sense, the majority of people I see in clinic are not properly hydrating themselves. They either drink too much water, too little water, or not the right kind! There are so many people I know whose health problems would be mitigated with a regular intake of water. Health problems such as dry skin, sleepiness, headache, irritability, muscle cramps, light headedness, palpitations, or confusion are one of the many symptoms of dehydration. So let me explain how to properly drink water, according to an Acupuncturist.
I once had a patient come to me for muscle and back pain with referring sciatica down one of his legs. I treated him quite a few times, working on removing the blockages in his meridians and relaxing the tightness in his muscles that I diagnosed to be the cause of his pain. However for some reason, we couldn't get very far with his treatments. He would feel great afterwards, but by the next day the pain was back. So you can imagine my frustration when he let it slip one day...
Everyone knows Acupuncture uses needles, and everyone knows what needles feel like. But this leads to the common misconception that they will automatically know what Acupuncture will feel like, which is entirely false. Acupuncture needles are an entirely different breed of needles, called filiform needles. Filiform needles are long, thin, flexible, and do not have the typical hollow center for injecting fluid, like the typical hypodermic needles used in hospitals. This means that Acupuncture needles feel COMPLETELY different from the needles everyone is used to. But what exactly do they feel like then?
Being overweight is a problem and concern for many people. With the increase in modified and fast food along with more sedentary lifestyles, the problem with obese and overweight children and adults has been a highlight of interest in the health field. Excess weight and obesity can have a tremendous impact on the health of an individual, making them more susceptible to numerous diseases and health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, infertility, and much more. It's important to fully understand and be in touch with your body, so it can help you live the life you desire, and thankfully, Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine is great in helping you do just that!
The term 'holistic' has been thrown around a lot in the internet world lately. With the increase in popularity of alternative health and healing modalities as go-to therapies, I've found it's definitely a keyword that is starting to grab attention. But what exactly is holistic and what does it even mean? It obviously has something to do with what it sounds like, being "whole", but it's actually a bit more complex than that.
There are so many misconceptions about the studies and requirements to become an Acupuncturist. Many people are amazed when I tell them the educational requirements, the time commitment, and the financial obligations of Chinese medicine school. I have been receiving a lot of inquiries regarding my Acupuncture school and education via Instagram, Facebook, and in person, so I thought I would post an article on exactly what it takes to become an Acupuncturist and try to answer as many questions as possible.
Acupuncture is an extremely powerful treatment for managing addictions. There has been success in treating addictions to alcohol, smoking, prescription medication, heroin, cocaine, and much more. Having trouble finding the strength and encouragement to quit smoking? Know anyone currently in the process of obtaining help for an addiction to substances or alcohol? Acupuncture can be a strong motivational tool to being strength, optimism, and balance back to the body, and to allow the natural healing forces to take place.
Although emotions are natural and a part of what makes us human, there are emotions that are damaging if felt to an extreme level, or if felt for a prolonged period of time. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are five main emotions: joy, anger, grief, fear/fright, and pensiveness.
Everybody wants to be healthy, to look good and feel great both physically and emotionally. Although most people don't actually feel that way. Modern society has us stressed out, freaking out, and breaking out. Our hormones are out of whack, we're sluggish in the day and hyperactive at night, craving foods that we know aren't good for us, and frustrated with aches and pains that seem to never go away. We know these are all common complaints; everybody's got their "health thing". But in all actuality, just because symptoms like headaches or menstrual cramps are common, does not mean they are normal. In fact, those chronic health problems you see as minor and just a part of life, are actually your body signaling you that something is wrong.