Imagine that someone tells you that there is a type of medicine that can proactively help support your body in healing itself. In addition, this type of medicine can prevent illness from occurring. Imagine being told that you will feel better and build a foundation of health and wellness for your body.
This medicine does not involve taking any chemicals or synthetic pills. There are no gimmicks or false claims. It’s not a quick fix or a “one-size-fits-all” prescription.
Imagine being able to achieve this while relaxing on a warm bed in a quiet room with soothing music and dimmed lights. Imagine coming out of this room feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, knowing you have done something good for yourself!
What if someone told you that there are many different health concerns this medicine can address? That it helps everything from subtle issues like insomnia, fatigue or anxiety to more chronic health concerns like inflammation, autoimmune issues and cancer?
Hey! What is this medicine, anyway?
It’s Traditional Chinese Medicine and its most respected tool: acupuncture.
Acupuncture is an amazing healing modality. It is an energy medicine based on the theory of Qi energy, which is thought to be an underlying force that allows our breath to happen, digestion to occur and underlies our thinking, feeling and movement. Qi energy is within us and around us.
Think of your body as a house with a foundation. If the foundation is wobbly or unstable, it is more likely that the house will not be stable or survive the elements. Much like a house, we have our own foundation that we need to take care of. Qi energy is our foundation. It protects us, promotes our body’s ability to heal, and helps prevent illness from occurring.
We cultivate and take care of our qi energy through the food we eat, the air we breathe and the supplements we take. Acupuncture is another very important way to manage our qi because it promotes the balance of qi energy in our body. How do we know the qi is out of balance? By looking at some of the symptoms — such as waking up in the middle of the night, feeling cold or hot, experiencing bloating or irritability — we can begin to understand imbalances in our body. All symptoms are symptoms of qi imbalances.
Many people are fearful of acupuncture because of “the needles.” However, almost everyone who tries it realizes that the needles are so small and so gentle that they are often not even felt when inserted.
Wintertime is hard on our body. The cold weather outside affects the balance of our qi energy inside. Many people feel the effects of winter in subtle ways, like feeling more tired, being depressed and having slower digestion. Others find themselves getting sick more often.
Acupuncture is easier than taking a pill, more relaxing that working out at the gym and simpler (and a lot more pleasant) than waiting to get into a doctor’s office. If it is not on your bucket list, it should be! Make acupuncture a part of a wonderful New Year.