Forget about all the medical purpose, acupuncture itself is a wellness protocol that offers big benefits — especially for those living an urban lifestyle.
If you’ve never experienced the benefits of acupuncture, the idea of getting poked with needles to relax might sound like a joke. But committing to routine acupuncture appointments is actually a very easy, low maintenance habit that can help to heal pain and fight chronic stress.
The First Reason you should add acupuncture to your self-care routine is:
ACUPUNCTURE IMPROVES SLEEP QUALITY
If there’s one thing that everyone agrees on it’s that sleep is the most important aspect of good health. Poor sleep contributes to everything from the inability to lose weight to faster ageing.
Acupuncture is super helpful with getting good sleep! Studies show that acupuncture improves sleep activity and quality, as well as melatonin production. Patients receiving acupuncture fall asleep faster, are less active at night and are less stressed.
The second reason is:
MORE REJUVENATING THAN A NAP
Lots of our patients ‘zone out’ for 20-30 minutes every time they get acupuncture. They say they go into a deep, sort of lucid dreaming state. After acupuncture, they slowly return from this relaxed state and feel balanced, grounded and fully recharged, as if they just returned from a week vacation.
ACUPUNCTURE HELPS WELL-BEING + EMOTIONAL STABILITY
Chinese medicine theory allows for the effects of emotions on the body to be classified and treated regularly. Each emotion has a corresponding organ.
For example, frustration, anger and irritability are emotions ruled by the liver.
Now, you wouldn’t go to your GP and say, “My acupuncturist tells me I have liver qi stagnation. Can you please check my liver?” It’s more the energy flow of the liver we are talking about. Basically, if you are having a stressful week and are starting to get irritable, then odds are your liver energy is becoming stagnant and needs to move! So your acupuncturist would focus the acupuncture on the points of the liver used to move the liver qi and break up stagnation.
By doing acupuncture regularly, you’ll be able to keep the liver energy moving and prevent irritability and frustration from starting in the first place.
TCM TREATMENTS ARE ALL-NATURAL
Another aspect of what acupuncturists do is herbal medicine.
Herbs are an all-natural, mostly plant-based medicine that is effective for everything from PMS, hormonal acne, painful menstruation, irregular periods, hormone balancing, menopausal hot flashes, digestion, high cholesterol and so much more.
I’ve seen women with pain, vomiting and nausea, get rid of the pain in two to three months using a combination of herbs and acupuncture.
Many of our clients come to acupuncture weekly to support the immune system. If you haven't tried acupuncture in your life, you must think about it now.