Healing with Acupuncture
Our daily habits, thoughts and even our words can support our healing or undermine our efforts. Everyday practices such as quality sleep, healthy diet, and appropriate exercise are key to achieving balance. Finding the right balance for you will support your Acupuncture treatments and ensure that effects are lasting.
The theories of Chinese Medicine reflect how an emotional imbalance can manifest physically. For example, stress and suppressed anger can cause a headache. Emotional Wellness and Mindset Coaching can help to uncover emotional stagnation or thought patterns that may be inhibiting your natural well being.
Dr. Vincent Pedre explains the contemporary western understanding of acupuncture as such: “needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system through peripheral afferent fibers (nerve fibers that carry signals to the central nervous system) to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals (such as endorphins and enkephalins) and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, thus promoting both physical and emotional well-being with minimal side-effects.”
There is also new evidence that acupuncture regulates pain by increasing the availability of certain opioid receptors in the brain. This inhibits pain signals, acting in the same way that opioid painkillers such as morphine and codeine work, but without the dangerous addictive element and side effects. (Source: University of Michigan Health System via Science Daily “Chinese Acupuncture Affects Brain’s Ability To Regulate Pain”, Aug. 11, 2009.) Acupuncture calms the nervous system, allowing the body to release stress. In the process, you will become more receptive and open to thoughts that support good health. Everyday practices such meditation, qi gong, and relaxation practices will support a sustained state of health and peacefulness.