Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have existed for over 3,000 years and to witness the benefits in 2022 is truly remarkable. It’s amazing how powerful an ancient medicine is and can still be applied in modern times! At the same time, people’s lifestyles and ideas about health have changed significantly. A common question we receive is “what is acupuncture used for?”
As an acupuncturist, our knee-jerk response is “everything!” Of course, we are not so naïve to believe that acupuncture is a cure-all. However, Chinese medicine began as a preventative medicine and is ideally used as such. Therefore, acupuncture really IS for everyone! The premise is when the balance of energy is maintained, disease cannot arise.
For those struggling with the concept of energy, a better example would be to identify “symptoms”. Such symptoms are not necessarily pathological from a Western medical perspective like mild constipation, difficulty sleeping or low energy. However, these are small clues to where the energies are in or out of alignment. Acupuncture and TCM are more commonly used today for support.
Acupuncture effectively moderates the side effects of medications, potentiates the effects of a medication, alleviates pain when combined with other modalities, and calms anxieties with the use of therapy and medication.
It truly takes a village to be well, and acupuncture is one of the oldest, most tested members of this village!