I have learned so much in my search to heal from my injuries and in my mission to create a healthy lifestyle. When you are in pain you are willing to try just about anything to make it stop.
So, I researched and tried many things, one of which is Acupuncture.
Acupuncture is one of many tools
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Acupuncture is a healing modality that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It focuses on the the flow of energy through the body or life force called Qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi flows through the body along meridians that are like rivers in the body. There are 14 main meridians, each connected to an organ system.
It is believed that illness and pain are caused by a blocks in these meridians that act as a dam, backing up the flow of Qi. This then affects the function and health of the body. The movement of Qi is stimulated by inserting needles into specific points along the meridians causing the flow of energy to become balanced.
One diagnostic tool an acupuncturist uses is examining the tongue. The tongue is a map of the body, different areas relate to the organ systems in the body. The color, shape, texture, and thickness of the tongue, as well as the color, thickness, and quality of the tongue coat indicates the cause, depth and nature of an imbalance.
Another diagnostic tool an acupuncturist uses is feeling the pulses on both wrists. There are 27 specific qualities the acupuncturist is looking for in the pulse that show the balance of Qi and the overall state of health. If there are any imbalances in the body they will appear in the pulse.
Next the acupuncturist will check certain points along the body for tenderness. Very thin needles are then gently inserted those points which usually causes very little discomfort. These points are located in all areas of the body and may not be near the area of your pain. The needles will remain in place for 15 to 30 minutes. Many people feel deep sense of relaxation and well-being and may fall asleep during treatment.
What can be treated with Acupuncture?
- Addictions – Addictions to nicotine, alcohol, food and drugs.
- Chronic and Acute Pain – Injuries, headaches, arthritis, neck/shoulder/back pain, joint pain, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia.
- Circulatory Disorders – Hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, edema, anemia.
- Digestive Disorders – Irritable bowel, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, acid reflux, food allergies, ulcers, bloating.
- Eye and Ear Disorders – Tinnitus, Meniere’s disease, impaired vision.
- Gynecological – Irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, leukorrhea, infertility, PMS, menopausal symptoms, uterine fibroids, morning sickness.
- Immune Function – Recurrent infections, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, AIDS.
- Neurological Disorders – Post-stroke recovery, Bell’s Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Trigeminal Neuralgia, movement disorders, neuropathy, dizziness.
- Pregnancy – Pre and post-partum care, breech positioning, labor and delivery.
- Psychological/Emotional – Depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, insomnia.
- Respiratory Disorders – Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, laryngitis, colds & flu.
- Supportive Therapy – for immune compromised individuals, and patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
- Urogenital Disorders – Stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, sexual dysfunction.
Although many people seek out acupuncture for controlling their pain. The National Institute of Health and World Health Organization recognize the use of acupuncture in the treatment in a wide range of conditions including the following:
One of the first things my Acupuncturist told me when I came to her for treatment is that I had “stagnant Qi”. I remember thinking that that can’t be good. I committed to a series of treatments and slowly began to heal. I credit this modality more than any of the others I tried for my recovery from my injuries. It is responsible for the reduction of pain in all areas of my body. Especially for relieving my constant chronic headaches that plagued me after the accident. I am forever grateful to Jill Donberg, MAcOM at Grand Traverse Natural Health Care for her healing treatments and for helping me heal and Be Healthy.
Acupuncture is extremely safe and drug-free. The only side effects are feeling relaxed and well grounded. I highly recommend it if you are having trouble controlling pain with “traditional” medical treatments. To find a National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Certified Practitioner, click HERE.
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