What can we use to help ourselves and those we care about better navigate uncertainties we face in mental and physical aspects of our lives since COVID-19. Being proactive to promote and maintain health and emotional wellness is key.
We are facing many issues since COVID-19 has arrived. We have been isolated, unable to work and school, socialize, care for family, travel, our lives have been disrupted, and so much more. This has greatly affected us emotionally and physically. Stress causes our immune systems to struggle and make us more vulnerable.
Modern research shows acupuncture affects most of the body’s systems: the nervous system; muscle tone; hormone outputs; circulation; antibody production; allergic responses; as well as respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. A thorough evaluation in terms of TCM provides an overall, macroscopic picture of health. Knowledge of disease processes as well as diagnostics from your western medicine practitioners allows treatment of conditions in a more focused manner based on that knowledge.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (Traditional Oriental Medicine – “TCM”) are non-drug methods which can help and are proven effective to:
- Improve the environment inside our bodies, enhancing an internal state of balance; where we may be less likely to get sick, or have mental/emotional unrest. Chinese medicine sees each person as an integrated whole, treating physical, mental, and emotional conditions simultaneously. (If stress affects our ability to rest and sleep, we are not only more vulnerable to internal disease, but we may also be more prone to be involved in accidents of any kind.)
- Be prepared with herbal remedies in our medicine cabinets to take at first sign of illness. We can consult with our acupuncturist on how best to proceed, and where to access other care we may need. When treated properly early on, the severity of symptoms throughout the disease process may be less severe. It is wise to have a few remedies ready for common unexpected issues which may occur at home or travelling. Some examples are: early signs of infection; lingering signs following infection; burns; digestive disorders (diarrhea, intestinal parasites, food poisoning…); simple injuries.
- Regain strength and resolve lingering symptoms following sickness, stressful situations, and fatigue.
- Get a “Tune UP” if feeling temporary discomfort following COVID-19 vaccination after symptoms subside. Tune ups are common in TCM; therefore, patients often come monthly or seasonally for optimal wellness. Treatments are based on the individual, their complaints, constitution, and environmental factors.
Acupuncture points are specific areas where body communication can be accessed, and manipulated, to restore balance. Acupuncturists are trained to treat based on Western and Chinese medicine. New understandings from science are incorporated, expanding the possibilities.
Medical Providers are increasingly referring for acupuncture with great success in pain relief and increased ability to perform the activities of daily living.
Acupuncture is a gentle and subtle treatment, working with and awakening the body’s innate intelligence (communication). It balances the body by stimulating the body’s natural functioning and healing processes.
Chinese medicine is safe providing:
- Few or no side effects.
- Treating the cause of illness with suppressing the symptoms.
- Providing an affordable treatment option.
Patients usually notice an improved sense of well–being after treatment. Traditional Chinese medicine continues to be increasingly popular and has countless applications and benefits. It is a better time than ever to explore additional options for feeling and staying well. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may be the solution you seek for the benefit of those you cherish.