According to the Yellow Emperor's Internal Classic (one of the oldest textbooks of Traditional Chinese Medicine written over 4,000 years ago), Acupuncture and its related therapies are a great tool for preventing illnesses before they even happen.
Even simply a few times per year, Acupuncture can greatly strengthen the body and promote normal movement of qi and blood so you can feel healthy year-round. The ancient Chinese believed in living in accordance with the seasons. In school, Acupuncturists learn the detailed and complex seasonal cycle and the natural changes of the body as the year progresses. Getting acupuncture at the start of each season will help your body adapt to the change in time and climate, prevent seasonal illness, and allow your body to feel its best year-round.
TCM AND ACUPUNCTURE IS GREAT FOR PREVENTION OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:
Allergies: Getting treatments 2 seasons before your typical allergies occur can significantly reduce or even entirely prevent symptoms! Spring allergies? Seek treatments in the autumn.
Cold and flu (including asthma): Acupuncture can strengthen your immunity and tonify what TCM calls the "wei qi", or the protective energy that encircles your body to prevent pathogenic illnesses. You can receive treatments during any time of the year to help strengthen your immune system and white blood cells.
Miscarriage: Had a difficult time getting pregnant? Worried about miscarriage? Acupuncture and TCM herbal formulas are great for ensuring a healthy pregnancy by strengthening the energy that holds the baby and encourage healthy fetal development. There is even a point, KD 9, called the "Beautiful Baby" point!
Dysmenorrhea/Menstrual pain: Do you dread that time of the month where you need to consume pain killers just to get through the day? Dysmenorrhea, or pain during the menstrual cycle, includes common symptoms of cramps, bloating, irritability, weepiness, sensitivity, breast tenderness, headaches, and backaches. The Chinese classics describe menstruation as completely silent and pain-free, a part of life that is hardly noticed, and this is definitely possible! Stop by an acupuncture clinic a few days before you feel your first menstrual pain symptoms to effectively prevent dysmenorrhea. TCM is also great for treating more complicated menstrual disorders such as PCOS and endometriosis as well.
Impotence: TCM is a great alternative for sexual dysfunction. It can help tone up the energy system of the kidneys and remove blockages of qi and blood to ensure healthy hormonal and bodily function.
IBS and other gastrointestinal/digestive disorders: One of the most successful conditions Acupuncture and TCM can treat is digestive problems, whether it be stomach, large intestine, small intestine, or colon related. Taking an herbal formula along with Acupuncture which can strengthen the qi mechanisms of these organ systems to ensure healthy digestive functions and bowel movements.
Arthritis: Painful, achy joints run in the family? Maybe you're beginning to experience some symptoms? Acupuncture is great for ensuring joint health. Although this condition may take quite a few treatments to treat, Acupuncture needles can stimulate the bones to nourish fluids surrounding the joints.
And so much more!