Acupuncture as Preventative Medicine

“The sages of antiquity did not treat those who were already sick, but those who were not sick… When a disease has already broken out and is only then treated, would that not be just as late as to wait for thirst before digging a well, or to wait to go into battle before casting weapons?”

(Nei Jing)

Chinese Medicine uses acupuncture & herbal therapy as a means of preventative medicine

In studying acupuncture in the West we have focused mainly on its potential as a treatment for specific disorders.  For example, research has shown that acupuncture can relieve chronic low back pain, dental pain, and migraine headaches. It can relieve the pain of fibromyalgia and symptoms of osteoarthritis. Acupuncture can aid recovery from sports injuries. It has also been found to help with emotional pain syndromes and reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Yet, we do not focus on acupuncture as part of preventative medicine.

Today, in the United States, the vast majority of patients only seek out acupuncture treatments once they are feeling pain or sickness. 

Well, it turns out that traditionally, acupuncture is used mostly as a means of preventative medicine rather than a treatment for ailments. Traditional Chinese medicine focuses on keeping the body healthy and avoiding illness.  Ancient practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine would administer regular treatments to everyone in the community as a sort of ‘tune up’ to keep them well. These tune ups would help avoid the imbalances that can weaken an immune system and lead to illness. Acupuncture treatments were used in combination with herbs and nutritional counseling to maintain health and wellness. 

Regular acupuncture treatments can keep your body balanced and strengthen your immune system.

Take Control

Let’s face it, our world is full of risk and everywhere we turn there are endless stories of sickness and disease. Every day we are alerted to a new threat from the latest flu or COVID variant. So, why not take the best possible care of yourself and prevent illness? Find a practitioner you are comfortable with and develop a plan for achieving and maintaining your body’s optimal health. It just makes sense. Keeping yourself healthy is a heck of a lot easier and much less expensive than trying to diagnose, fight, and recover from an ailment.

Ready to take control of your health? Schedule a visit today and let us help you on your journey!

Don’t Let Pain Put a Damper on Your Winter

Like it or not, winter is just around the corner. Some folks love the winter and embrace the chance to enjoy the outdoor activities only available during this season. Others recoil at the thought of ice, snow, and cold wind. One thing we can all agree on is that winter injuries can be debilitating. How many people do you know who have fallen on the ice? What about the pain in your shoulder or lower back after shoveling snow? Or the countless injuries suffered while skiing or snowboarding? Pain like that can ruin your season and cause depression in addition to physical discomfort.

May we offer a suggestion? Okay, perhaps two.

First, be proactive.

  • It takes only moments to injure yourself severely. So, why not take some time now to condition your muscles and prepare for the activities ahead of you? It takes 6 weeks to condition your muscles. Make an appointment with your wellness practitioner to develop a plan. If you begin a regimen now, your muscles will be ready to hit the slopes or head out snowshoeing come late November. They will be conditioned to the strain and movements that these winter activities present and you will suffer less injury. Less injury, less pain. Less pain, less time spent on the couch cursing yourself, or the snow, for a tiny mistake. 

Second, treat pain immediately.

  • Hey, they’re called accidents for a reason. You probably didn’t plan on twisting your knee or straining your back, but you did. Now what? Seek treatment. It may take 6 weeks to condition your muscles, but it takes months to repair connective tissue. The longer you wait to address the issue, the longer you are out of the game. If you feel pain, contact your wellness practitioner. It may be a simple treatment that has you back to normal immediately. It may be more severe and you may be facing multiple treatments and longer recovery. However, if you do not seek professional insight, you could injure yourself further and full recovery may not be an option.

Enjoy The Season!

  • Winter can be miserable, but it can also be magical. Let us help you enjoy the season to the fullest. We believe in an all encompassing approach to health, wellness, and recovery. We believe that pain is meant to alert us to an issue and then be treated. Pain is not to be suffered chronically or ignored. If you are feeling pain or would like to begin a wellness regimen, call us. We are happy to design a treatment plan specific to your body, your needs, and your goals.

Acupuncture & Sports Injuries

We’ve all been there. The weather is perfect, you’ve managed to carve out some time for yourself, and you are enjoying the best run, ride, hike, swim, or climb you have had in months. And then you feel it. That quick pain that lets you know you have just done something ever so slightly wrong and injured yourself. Beyond the physical pain, the mental anguish of knowing you will need to train and heal properly before going out again can be crushing. Whether you are an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, the thought of taking a break and starting over can sink your spirit.

Athletes and trainers at all levels are rediscovering the benefits of eastern medicine. Acupuncture, herbs, and proper nutrition are a welcome alternative to the ‘one size fits all’ approach of most western medicine practitioners. More and more we are seeing NFL players, MLB players and Olympic athletes seek out acupuncture as a means to speed healing, relieve pain, and increase muscle strength and stamina.

Our bodies are intricate systems and acupuncture is designed to intuitively treat and strengthen the body as a whole rather than focusing solely on one or two problem areas. This allows the systems within your body to align and work together towards healing and recovery much more efficiently. Your practitioner will work with you to design a personal treatment. A treatment not only specific to your injury, but specific to the needs of your body. Thus producing lasting results and oftentimes enhancing future performance.