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.
Many cultures and people around the world believe that the body has a finite amount of life source. Whether you call it energy, qi, or prana, this is the life source that supplies your mind and body with the necessary fuel from birth until death. Each person is born with a supply of life source, or jing as they call it in Chinese Medicine, but what exactly determines how much you are granted in this lifetime? What factors decrease it? Where does it come from and how do you get more it in order to live a long and healthy life?
In traditional Chinese medicine, we abide by the five element theory; that everything inside and outside of the body can be categorized into one of the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. When you are born, factors including your upbringing, lifestyle, and genetics help shape your physical, mental, and emotional characteristics. These characteristics form your body's constitution, which can also be categorized into one of the five natural elements.
Cosmetic Acupuncture combines the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine with the modern approach of facial care to create a beauty treatment like no other. Unlike typical serums, foundations, or creams, Acupuncture is the truest form of anti-aging; it works from the inside out to firm muscles, plump up the skin, brighten the complexion, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.