One of the most common conditions acupuncture treats is pain - and for good reason! Acupuncture can ease pain relatively quickly with less reliance on pain killers, thus its popularity. That being said, did you know acupuncture can treat much more than just pain? Just like herbal medicine, acupuncture can promote the body to heal in many ways and was one of the first forms of healing predating the use of herbs in Chinese Medicine's history. Here, we'll discuss acupuncture's benefits in treating seasonal allergies, digestive complaints, and insomnia.
1. Seasonal Allergies
Did you know that acupuncture can treat seasonal allergies? Although many of us have been living with allergies most our lives, taking antihistamines when needed, allergies can in fact be treated with acupuncture. Allergies are seen as a hyperactive immune system in Chinese Medicine, where the body overreacts to foreign particles which are harmless to the body. As the immune system is trying to prevent these foreign particles from entering, you begin to sneeze, as your body attempts to remove irritants from the nasal passage - your first line of defence. Acupuncture can reduce inflammation in the body which may be causing a hyperactive immune system, while at the same time boosting the immune system to respond appropriately to foreign pathogens. The benefits would be less seasonal allergies, and a stronger immune system so you don't catch colds as easily.
2. Digestive Complaints
Whether it's bloating, IBS, or you have confirmed organ damage in your digestive system, acupuncture can help. Occasional bloating or constipation when travelling, or due to stress is considered normal, as long as things go back to normal once the stress is gone. Chronic constipation can sometimes be due to something as simple as dryness - lack of fruit, or water intake. Once dietary changes are made, the body goes back to normal. However, some people tend to be on the "hotter" side, and carry with them more inflammation than others, leading to irregular bowel movements such as diarrhea, or constipation. In this case, treatments focused on reducing inflammation from the large intestine can promote healthy bowel movements.
Bloating on the other hand, can be due to a lack of digestive fire to transform fluids into vital nutrients, leading to water accumulation in the abdomen. Acupuncture treatments focused on improving the digestive system, can boost the body's internal energy to relieve bloating.
3. Skin Conditions
In Chinese Medicine, we say the skin is related to the health of the Lungs and Large Intestine organs. Whether you have eczema, acne, or a chronic skin condition that is not going away, acupuncture works by focusing treatments on regulating these two organs. The Large Intestine is in charge of clearing excessive waste, and if not functioning well, can lead to waste accumulation, which comes out through the skin in the form of acne. Eczema can be due to a deficiency in the Lungs not nourishing the skin. Treatments in this case are focused on nourishing the lungs to moisten dryness. Other ways of moistening dryness are applying vaseline, and consuming foods such as honey, and dried apricots. To learn more 'food as medicine' health tips, check our food page acusoul.com/food.
If there's a health concern you're not sure if acupuncture can treat, feel free to give us a call at 647-985-3838 or bring it up in your next appointment! You can book online at www.acusoul.com.
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