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Top 5 Reasons for Acupuncture

Stress

Stress is the single most common complaint among my clients. Regardless of the reason for the visit, everyone mentions symptoms associated with stress. They are different for everyone, but most commonly they include one or more of the following:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Digestive issues
  • Head, neck, shoulder and back tension
  • Sense of overwhelm, sweating, anxiety and panic
  • Foggy / fuzzy thinking (poor concentration)

Regular acupuncture treatment help patients return to a state of relaxation and brings ease to their nervous system.

Pain

Patients often share that they want to avoid addictive pain killers. Some are advised to take OTC pain medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Acupuncture is an extremely effective alternative to these medications. Not only can it relieve the pain, acupuncture also supports patients trying to manage the pain without long-term use of medications.

Acupuncture is an extremely effective alternative to pain medications. It helps with chronic or acute pain management of:

  • Headaches / migraines
  • Neck pain / tension
  • Shoulder pain
  • Upper back / middle back / low back pain (lumbago)
  • Digestive pain
  • Knee pain
  • Acute sprains / strains

Digestive Problems

Digestive issues appear in a myriad of ways. Some patients carry official diagnosis, such as Crohn’s Disease. Some patients endure chronic constipation or diarrhea, reflux, significant bloating and pain or lack of appetite. Many patients do not recognize that these symptoms can be helped thus they are left with few options aside from prescription medications to manage symptoms. Acupuncture (in addition to diet modification) can be very effective at easing digestive challenges.

Addiction

For several years, I volunteered in Baltimore, Maryland treating clients struggling with addiction. Acupuncture is, and continues to be, a part the recovery community because the anxiety and pain associated with withdrawal can be overwhelming. Acupuncture eases the anxiety and allows clients in recovery the space to make better decisions for themselves, accessing other services, and eventually integrating back into society in meaningful ways. Acupuncture can also address other forms of addiction such as overeating, smoking cessation, marijuana use, and even behavior such as gambling.

Fertility

Acupuncture has a profound effect on both male and female fertility. A common benefit is a significant increase in blood flow bringing more fresh, oxygenated arterial blood into the region. This benefit alone improves the environment in which the eggs and sperm mature and helps them improve in quality.

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What is pulse diagnosis?

When I place my fingers on your wrist, I am using my fingertips to “listen” for diagnostic information. It is one of many tools an acupuncturist uses to gather clinical details. The information is similar to usual clinical information like fever or thirst, but pulse diagnosis offers a perspective to the internal systems, both individually and as a whole.

Generally speaking, there are two important aspects of pulse diagnosis:

  1. listening to the pulse offers insight into the current state of each of the major organ systems.
  2. relays a qualitative and quantitative assessment of Qi and Blood, “substances” in the body that are intertwined and their movement represent many of the bodies natural functions and expressions.

Before treatment, the pulses may help shape the goal of the acupuncture treatment and can be actively monitored for changes. During and at closing, I use the pulses as a feedback mechanism to confirm the direction and impact of the acupuncture treatment.