Now that I work in an integrated behavioral health setting with medical providers, I know there are real limitations to Western medicine to treat some of the most common problems such as chronic pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, insomnia, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. As a patient, I have also been disappointed by Western medicine for its limitations. This led me to do some more research and explore other forms of treatment.
I have discovered the benefits of acupuncture as a patient. I think it is a wonderful addition to my self-care routine like exercising, practicing yoga, and getting massages. I can see and feel a real difference in my energy level, pain level, mood, sleep, and digestion after each treatment. I only need to attend 2-3 sessions before I feel significantly better. As a person who is incredibly sensitive to pain, I can attest that acupuncture needles are about as painful as a mosquito bite. There are no side effects for me because acupuncture, like most Traditional Chinese Medicine, works with the body.
This article by Dr. Weil provides a nice summary of the definition and benefits of acupuncture as well as how to find an acupuncturist in your area. This article from Medical News Today provides some recent research on the efficacy of acupuncture for a variety of medical conditions. This article is from the perspective of a medical doctor turned acupuncturist, discussing the benefits of integrating Western and Eastern medicine. I found this article in The Huffington Post helpful in thinking about some unique and surprising ways that acupuncture can benefit my life, such as "it reminds you that you have the power to heal yourself."
Is it time to add acupuncture or alternative health practices to your routine? Check out this acupuncturist directory to start.
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