If a friend were to tell you that right now, you’d be entering an acupuncture session, how would you feel? For many Americans, acupuncture seems like a terrifyingly painful experience – the envisionment of needles is terrifying, let alone the thought of being in a clinical setting. A popular practice in the Eastern world, the United States is still coming around to the idea of acupuncture. Countries such as China have used acupuncture for preventative health measures for thousands of years – and the main difference between Eastern and Western practices is truly up to approach. Western approaches tend to veer more towards medicine and treatment of illness, while Easter practices highlight more holistic measures that are preventative in nature.
There has been a lot of research that backs up the effectiveness of acupuncture, but there are still many people who are afraid – and often it’s because of the myths that have perpetuated this fear. The best way to overcome it and to understand what it will really be like is to get more information and ultimately debunk those myths:
- The needles are painful. They may look intimidating in pictures, but acupuncture needles are about as thin as your hair! In many cases, people don’t even hardly feel the needles because of how small they are. Not to mention, people often state that these needles are painless – which certainly helps, too.
- Acupuncture is outdated. Yes, acupuncture has been used for thousands of years – but as a holistic treatment method, it’s worked for many people – and there’s been no reason to stop using it. Traditional Chinese Medicine is all about balance, and acupuncture aims to treat the mind, body, and spirit – which gives it a holistic approach. By eliminating pain, increasing energy and restoring muscular function, acupuncture has proven to be quite a successful holistic practice for people – even in addiction recovery.
- If you don’t experience significant results after one session, it isn’t worth your time. If you attended a chiropractic session, would you be completely “fixed” after just one time? The reality is that our mind and body need repeated exposure to treatment modalities so that everything can adjust accordingly. Just as eating an unhealthy diet can develop a pattern of unhealthy symptoms, repeated use of acupuncture can promote a pattern of healthy adjustments in a person.
Previous studies have shown that acupuncture can help people who need treatment for chronic pain, particularly musculoskeletal pain, headaches, and osteoarthritis pain. Many Americans are experiencing symptoms that can make or break their daily health, happiness, and wellbeing – and acupuncture can greatly help. In fact, Americans currently spend over $30 billion on acupuncture each year because of how successful it is.
Stress and anxiety go hand-in-hand, and the needles of acupuncture help to release this by unblocking Qi (life force energy) from meridians (pathways within the body that Qi moves through). Injuries, stress, poor nutrition, and even changes in the environment (such as transitioning from a life of addiction to one of recovery) can have major effects on the mind, body, and spirit; acupuncture restores the balance of Qi when needles are placed on specific points on a person’s body. For those who have a hard time understanding “Qi,” it could also be referred to as “metabolic energy”.
Acupuncture has been shown to work very well for those in addiction recovery, including those who battle with mental health conditions that seem to hold them back on a daily basis. Previous studies have shown that acupuncture has enhanced the treatment and recovery process for individuals who’ve battled with various addictions such as cocaine, nicotine, and alcoholism. Acupuncture can assist with many other issues, however. Here are a few other areas that acupuncture can help treat:
- Lower back pain
- Morning sickness
- Neck pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- And more
Those who seek out acupuncture often admit to first feeling skeptical about it. They may wonder if the treatment will actually work or if they’ll experience pain. However, after just one session, usually clients can admit to feeling more relaxed – and, with more treatments over time, many explain that their chronic health conditions are having much less of a negative effect on their mind, body, and spirit than they did before.
Addiction recovery involves a lot of emotional ups and downs, and acupuncture could be a beautiful way to find healing and restoration amongst other aspects of treatment. The best part about acupuncture is that it can be combined with other elements of treatment – such as yoga, meditation, nutrition management, art therapy, massage therapy and more depending on a person’s interests and needs; we’re all different, and so it makes sense to have a personalized treatment program that suits your needs and interests. Don’t wait any longer to seek the help you need – call Avalon Malibu today.
If you or a loved one has been struggling with drug addiction, seek the help you need before it’s too late. Your life matters – and there are people who can help you get through this.
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