Balancing eating, taking supplements, getting enough rest while finding the right type and amount of exercise is important when it comes to wellness. As a practitioner who encourages balanced eating for balanced health, I know that this is one of the most important ways to maintain good health. While diet and lifestyle are key components to better living, they are not the only options for people who are trying to improve quality of life and find solutions to health issues.
Acupuncture is finally getting the respect it deserves from the Western medical community. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture works by replenishing the flow of chemical energy (Chi) and maintaining balance between Yin (cold, slow, passive) and yang (hot, excited, active). The needles are purposely positioned on meridians (channels of CHi energy) and placed so that the body:
1. Releases natural chemicals in the brain, spine and muscle (that help reduce pain, promote positive feelings or reduce stress)
2. Manages blood flow to nourish internal organs
The benefits include improvements in physical, mental and emotional well-being. Specific ailments that respond to acupuncture include:
Pain management (knee osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic low back pain), infertility and posttraumatic stress disorder; http://nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/
And many others:
• Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea
• Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections
• Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis
• Urinary, menstrual cramps, and reproductive problems.
• chemotherapy nausea and vomiting
• postoperative dental pain
• stroke rehabilitation
• carpal tunnel syndrome
When searching for solutions for your health it is important to find a reputable practitioner and communicate these complementary practices with your doctor.
Until you find the remedy that works for you, do not give up hope there is an answer.