Do you often feel stressed and rushed, as if life is speeding along, and you can’t quite catch up? Do you lie wide awake at night, hoping sleep will come? Do you fail to take time to truly focus on, and care for yourself? Do you suffer aches and pains frequently? Do you use over-the-counter or prescription medications daily? Do you have trouble remembering the last time you felt genuinely at peace? If any of these questions resonated with you, then it may be time to look towards Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M.) and acupuncture for relief. For thousands of years, people in Asian countries have experienced the amazing benefits of acupuncture. T.C.M. has also grown in prevalence and popularity in the U.S. Here are some reasons why you may want to try it.
Insomnia / Restless Sleep
Acupuncture can address physical imbalances contributing to your inability to achieve restful sleep. Acupuncture can actually encourage the brain’s production of chemicals that help you relax and sleep better. If you have difficulty falling asleep, wake often, or toss and turn frequently, acupuncture might just be the missing link.
Anxiety / Depression
Thousands of people in the U.S. suffer from depression and anxiety. When psychotherapy is not enough, and the prescription medications available for these conditions yield undesirable side effects, T.C.M. can offer alternatives. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas can lend great benefit. Acupuncture can actually help to relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety in as few as two treatments, without any harsh side effects.
Are you bothered with a runny nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery, eyes? Seasonal and chronic allergies can be debilitating. But multiple studies have shown that allergy symptoms can be decreased and sometimes even eliminated with the use of regular acupuncture treatments. Immunity begins in the gut, and acupuncture treatments for allergies focus on the energetic meridians that support your immune system.
Life can be a roller coaster if you are troubled with migraine headaches. Migraines can come on without warning, and be completely incapacitating. Once again, the pharmaceuticals that most migraine sufferers are prescribed can lead to harsh side effects. Acupuncture can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines over time.
Many women suffer monthly from menstruation problems. It can be that the period is irregular, painful, or so heavy that it leads to anemia and fatigue. There can also be mental-health effects associated with periods, such as depression and anger. Over-the-counter medications only mask the symptoms. To treat the root of the problem, give acupuncture a try. Acupuncture works by balancing the body to regulate menstrual problems.
Pain is the #1 reason people turn to acupuncture, and for good reason. If you’ve tried everything else and achieve little to no relief, acupuncture may be right for you. But remember, chronic pain develops over time, and it may take time for acupuncture treatments to gain momentum and work. Many people get some relief immediately, but acupuncture works on a cumulative basis, so commitment to the process is a must.
Did you know that acupuncture’s main function is to help keep the body healthy? If not, then you’re not alone. While acupuncture may not be known for preventive care, it should be. Waiting until there is an injury or illness will only cause the treatments to take longer. Using acupuncture pre-emptively will help you fight off illness and let you recover more quickly. That’s reason enough to give it a try.
Now that you know how acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can help you, what are you waiting for? Find a licensed acupuncturist nearby and go get healthy.