When I feel ‘off’ or feel like I can’t get a handle on my symptoms on my own using methods that usually work for me, I typically turn to acupuncture. Like magic, acupuncture almost always helps me feel back in balance and back in control of my health.
The goal of acupuncture is to promote and restore the balance of energy flowing throughout our bodies. This balance can have big impact on physical and emotional conditions.
Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate the emotional centers in the brain that produce dopamine and serotonin which help calm the nervous system and improve our mood. Acupuncture is commonly used to help treat anxiety and depression.
Hormonal balance is vital to a healthy body and mind but can be disrupted in many ways. Too much stress, a poor diet and illness are just a few ways hormonal balance can be disrupted. Depending on which hormones are involved, you may experience a range of symptoms including digestive problems, acne, menstrual irregularities, infertility, headaches, hair loss, hot flashes, insomnia and loss of libido. Chinese medicine considers hormones to be a part of an individual’s jing, or essence. You are born with a certain amount of jing, which is stored in your kidneys, and used throughout your lifetime to nourish cells, tissues and organs. Jing is the root of yin, which manages blood and fluids, and yang, which manages energy and warmth. When jing depletes, you might experience symptoms similar to those of hormonal imbalances. Acupuncture treatments focus on points that can restore this essence.
Studies have shown that, in combination with diet restriction acupuncture can be effective for weight loss. Acupuncture treatments can help suppress appetite, calm cravings, stimulate metabolism, reduce water retention, optimize digestion, promote relaxation, regulate obesity-related hormones and enhance the way nutrients are used — all which help to balance weight to healthy levels.