Acupuncture is a wonderful form of therapy, so simple yet so complex in its ability to affect positive change. Although we in the United States are new to utilizing acupuncture, this form of medicine has been practiced for thousands of years in countless countries all over the world. During this last decade the National Institutes of Health has increasingly performed studies that corroborate this belief in its efficacy.
People often ask me what types of problems acupuncture treats and if I have a specialty. In truth, I treat people for the wide range of symptoms that challenge most of us in life: headaches and back aches and pain in the joints; digestive issues; painful or erratic menstruation; fatigue, confusion; or an inability to conceive children. People come for treatment because they can’t sleep or cannot breathe in the springtime.
Personally I would seek acupuncture treatment for nearly any physical or emotional issue, barring a medical emergency. This form of intervention is really about impacting the energy of the human body, for everything in the physical world is a complex of energy and vibration.
Because of its action of stimulating the endocrine system, it is an excellent antidote to the problems that worry and stress wreak on the system: crankiness, overwhelm, emotional reactivity, difficulty focusing, and insecurity. I have many clients who feel it helps with their depression, heartbreak and their inability to feel joy.
Often acupuncture is the only therapy needed to transform a problem. In other situations it serves best as an adjunct to therapies such as osteopathy, chiropractic, physical therapy, allopathic medicine or massage.
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