Acupuncture has always been a scary thought for me. Having needles placed all over my body sounds not only painful, but just not a fun experience. I have recently worked around professionals in this industry at Exhale Spa and it got me to give it a try. You will be shocked to know that my experience was nothing but a great one!
What is acupuncture, you might ask?
Acupuncture is a holistic health technique that stems from traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture has been used in ancient China for more than 2,500 years ago. Acupuncturists with place needles in certain point of your body that connects to different organs.
I was able to get a licensed acupuncturist talk to us about 5 reasons why we should all start a relationship with acupuncture. Are you ready to better yourself for the new year?!
Meet one of Exhale Spa's Acupuncturist in the Downtown Miami location, Devon Casher.
Acupuncturists are here to help you become a healthier, happier, and balanced human being! When you go to get treated, they listen to everything you have to say, ask you questions about yourself that you might not even be aware of, and genuinely try to piece everything together for you from every level of your being. Contrary to popular belief, acupuncture feels good. Similar to a “runners-high” feeling, there is a well-known “Acupuncture-High” as the needles tap into your nervous system and flood the body with the feel good hormone Endorphins!
Here are 5 reasons why you should start your relationship with Acupuncture in 2018.
1. Weight Loss
There are no magic points for weight loss, however, there are very helpful points that help assist and speed the process along. There are points hat help you suppress your appetite and control certain cravings. Acupuncture can increase the functioning of the digestive system to assist your metabolism. Also, it can promote the fluid balance in the body to assist in water retention.
2. Holistic Treatment
Every person is different and every cell in that person’s body is interconnected to others, and functions as an integrated whole. When you get an Acupuncture treatment, you are treating your entire body as one whole unit as it is all connected. The root causes of your symptoms are from different imbalances in the body that are specific to the individual. During the exam, a health history and overall health intake are addressed from lifestyle, nutrition, exercise, sleep, and emotions. All aspects of the patient are taken when putting together an effective treatment plan.
3. Acupuncture Activates your own body’s Self Healing System
Acupuncture activates the body’s natural healing potential by treating the root causes that have led to the problem or disease. Research shows that acupuncture triggers the body’s own mechanisms for manufacturing and releasing its own pain relieving chemicals. These chemicals are endorphins and dopamines, opioid-like compounds that produce the feeling of well-being and reduce pain. The body knows the exact dose that is needed at the right time. It is like a perfect pharmacy that can produce any “medication” needed for healing without any unwanted side effects!
4. Excellent Stress Relief Therapy
Acupuncture treats physical and emotional symptoms and signs associated with stress, Qi is the vital energy or power that animates and supports the functions of the body. It flows through specific pathways, called meridians, and provides nourishment for the entire body. When Qi becomes “blocked” or the supply is inadequate, the body and organ systems become “stressed out” and our health is then compromised. Organs and tissues become affected and depleted by the stress response. Acupuncture targets and helps unblock the stagnation from the emotional holding of stress, to decreasing Cortisol in the body.
5. Pain Relief
Pain is the leading affliction for which people seek Acupuncture. Many people take extremely addictive medications to ease chronic pain syndromes which can often be effectively relieved by Acupuncture. Research shows that after traditional Acupuncture, our body’s opioid receptors are more available, or receptive, to our own types of hormones and chemicals that help stop pain. Whether it’s an injury, fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, back pain, or any other type of pain, Acupuncture can be helpful.
My final suggestion for you? Try it out! Acupuncture can benefit your life in many different ways. such a great alternative to addictive medications and a great way to become a better you for the new year!