Perhaps you have heard about acupuncture or maybe you know someone who has benefited from treatment. Most Americans are familiar with the process but few have actually experienced acupuncture for themselves. Chances are that one or more of our most common complaints could benefit greatly from this alternative treatment. Let’s look at some of the areas where acupuncture treatment is usually beneficial with the right practitioner:
Digestive complaints such as heartburn or excess gas have both been treated successfully and issues such as chronic diarrhea or serious constipation have also responded well to acupuncture treatments. More serious conditions that involve allergies to food, IBS or severe colitis can also see improvement after treatment.
More familiar to car accident victims, acupuncture has proved to be effective in the treatment of whiplash injuries. It is more common today for a doctor to suggest it as an alternative or in conjunction with more conventional treatments. Headaches also respond well to acupuncture, even migraines or cluster headaches. Increased pain relief for symptoms of arthritis has also been reported among patients. You can also heal from surgery faster with acupuncture.
Often turned to as pain relief for cramps and body aches, acupuncture can also help relieve bloating and even irritability and mild depressive symptoms. Infertility problems have also been corrected with treatment and even symptoms associated with menopause such as, night sweats and hot flashes, are lessened after seeing the acupuncturist. Many women will tell you that when it comes to regulating your cycle and balancing your hormones, some other treatments aren’t as effective. It is not common knowledge that acupuncture can be a viable treatment for stress – but time and time again this proved to be the case. Many patients report deep relaxation and relief of anxiety symptoms even after one session. It appears that it can also be helpful during a time of crisis or personal trauma as it is effective in reducing the high levels of stress hormones present during these times.
Acupuncture for Increased Energy: Treat Anxiety and Stress Naturally and Safely
More and more Americans are suffering from a lack of energy due to stress. Increasingly longer workdays thanks to technology, chronic conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and insomnia. If you’re sick of feeling tired all the time and don’t want to fuel your body with toxic stimulants, sugary drinks, it’s time to try acupuncture for increased energy. Acupuncture works to restore the body’s natural energy flow, called Qi or “Chi,” which becomes blocked when the body is faced with a high level of stress, anxiety, and/or depression. Most people tend to hold their stress in their necks, shoulders, and upper back, and acupuncture can relieve these pains.
Acupuncture for Insomnia
It might seem counter-intuitive to talk about insomnia along with increased energy. However, low energy is not the same as sleepiness, and often energy slumps are the effect of insomnia or otherwise restless nights of sleep. People who suffer from insomnia experience one or more sleepless nights a week, and this lack of sleep will have damaging effects on your entire body over time. Many people try to mask their daily fatigue with drinks and supplements that are loaded with caffeine and sugar, only to end up wide awake during the night. This vicious cycle continues and gradually erodes the body’s natural energy supply, leaving the sufferer physically and mentally exhausted.
Acupuncture restores your body’s natural balance of energy, and many proponents feel relaxed immediately after and are able to sleep better, resulting in higher energy levels the next day. Beyond restoring your body’s energy levels, Dr. Binder will help you get to the root of your insomnia so that you can not only feel better immediately after your acupuncture treatments, you will be able to get back to a healthy, normal sleep routine.
Acupuncture for Stress
Stress is a common source of energy depletion for many Americans, and while some natural stress is normal, and even healthy, for humans, prolonged stress can wreak havoc on your body, particularly your energy levels. The body releases the hormone cortisol to combat stress, which is helpful in a natural “Fight or Flight” scenario (think about our ancestors who had to be alert and ready to deal with very physical dangers). Your body releases cortisol as a temporary way to help you cope with stress until the stressor is gone.
Today’s stressors are fortunately not as threatening, however they are longer lasting. Many Americans are stressed at work all day long, meaning they have constantly elevated cortisol levels. This excess of cortisol can have damaging effects on your overall health, including a depletion in energy levels.
Acupuncture for Anxiety
New Study Shows Teens May Need Help Managing Stress
When you think about a person who is stressed out, chances are you have a picture in your head of an adult. A new study shows that teens are actually just as stressed, if not more so, than adults, and may need help coping with the pressure they feel. One solution may be acupuncture for stress and anxiety.
Researchers questioned 1,000 teenagers and found that more than a quarter of them are experiencing extreme stress, and over 50% of them have moderate anxiety levels. 34% of them are looking ahead and predict their stress level will only increase over the coming months.
What are teens stressed about? 59% of them have a hard time balancing all their activities such as school, work, and extra-curriculars. Then there’s homework, future college plans, and relationships with friends or family that add on to the pressure.
Effects of Stress
Because of high stress levels, teens are experiencing:
- sleep disturbance
- irritability and anger
- a feeling of being overwhelmed
- difficulty coping
Researchers are concerned that teens are not learning healthy ways to deal with their stress level, which is setting them up for a lifetime of physical and emotional ailments. Many teens turn to emotional eating, video games, or time online as a way of dealing with their stress. Our country is at a record high for prescription drugs taken by teens to treat anxiety and depression. Others are turning to alcohol or illegal drugs.
Stress Relief for Teens
To set teens up for lifelong health, they need to be able to deal with stress in a healthy, constructive way. The stress they feel now isn’t going anywhere, so some suggestions for dealing with stress include exercising, relaxation techniques, as well as counseling or therapy. Acupuncture has proven to be very beneficial to adults suffering from stress and anxiety so it is something parents of teens should look into as another way of dealing with the pressure they feel.
If you or your teen are feeling stress and anxiety and are looking for healthy ways to deal with it, contact us.
Laurie’s treatment plans not only include acupuncture treatments, but also address diet and lifestyle in addition to herbal formulae to extend the benefits of the acupuncture and resolve the root cause of the complaint.
It’s time for you to stop dealing with low energy and start sleeping better and feeling better mentally and physically. Acupuncture is a healthy and safe way to get your energy and your life back. To make an appointment or for answers to any questions, please contact us.