When working with pain conditions, it’s important to understand the source of the pain. With most muscle pain, acupuncture will have an immediate effect. Acupuncture will also relieve pain and discomfort associated with inflammation.
While we’re still looking for a good answer from science, we can rely on the multitudes of people who have found relief from this powerful treatment method.
How does it work? A Chinese medicine explanation would say that pain is the result of qi (energy), not moving freely. This stagnation of energy causes pain. Acupuncture releases the stagnation, gets the energy flowing, and so pain is relieved.
Stress, aggravation, overwhelm. These are reactions of the body to forces in the environment. These days, stressful factors are constant in our lives. We are overstimulated with information and the demand on our time is greater than ever.
Our bodies simply have not fully evolved to deal with the stress of modern life. Our “fight or flight” response is active too often. This causes our internal organs to act as through we are constantly under threat. It raises our blood pressure, pumps stress hormones into the system, changes breathing, and shuts down digestion.
Acupuncture can very quickly and easily shift our bodies from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest.” This allows the body to repair the damage caused by stress. It’s a state that we should be in more often to rejuvenate and refresh ourselves so that we can get back into our busy lives with renewed energy and vigor.
Anxiety is caused by certain aspects of the body being weak and then overloaded with stress. When this imbalance becomes more pronounced, the effect on experience is one of great fear and inability to participate in regular, daily events of life.
Similar to the way acupuncture treats stress, it’s able to calm the body down so that it can begin to repair itself. As the weakness gets stronger, the body is able to contain more stressful energies.
Herbal medicine is a strong supplement to acupuncture treatment as the physical ingestion of certain plant material is very nourishing. Over time, the body’s energy is regulated and anxiety becomes a thing of the past.
When you use your own fat for energy, you quickly lose the extra pounds. As you lose the weight, your blood sugar will regulate, cholesterol and triglyceride levels will come down, and your energy will begin to stabilize. No more big ups and downs all day.
You will feel like a new person… or at least like the person you know you can be!
When our bodies are under stress for too long, our nervous system takes the hit. This is the Autonomic Nervous System, or the part of the system that runs our internal organs.
There are two sides to this system. The stress response and the relaxation response. One we call “fight or flight” (sympathetic) and the other “rest and digest” (parasympathetic).
After a while, our bodies may be in “fight or flight” almost all the time. This eventually leads to feeling “wired” and “tired.” The body needs extended periods of “rest and digest” time to rejuvenate, repair, and replenish all of its systems.
So while there are many things an insomniac can do to adjust behavior and habits, the internal dynamic must be harmonized before real rest will comes.
We treat insomnia with a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, mindfulness practice, breathing techniques, and recorded guided meditations that all help to induce a good night’s sleep.