Here are seven reasons that getting those hair-thin needles inserted into your body might be one of the best things to happen to you all week!
- Improved Memory and Focus
If you’re like most people operating in the modern world, you have a lot of information coming at you from all angles. How to fit all the important stuff into that noggin, and make it stick? Acupuncture can help. There are several acupuncture points that can help to feed your brain when you’re feeling overwhelmed and unfocused. These acupuncture points can help you focus on, and retain, what is important in your life and at work.
- Better Immunity
People who get regular acupuncture- at least every four to six weeks- report getting sick less often, and have quicker recovery times when they do fall ill. One of the reasons for this is because acupuncture helps to strengthen your immune system by decreasing your stress levels. Chronic stress can lead to all kinds of illnesses, from diabetes to a common cold. Taking the time to recharge and strengthen your body with acupuncture will improve your immunity.
- A Happier, More Positive Outlook On Life
Studies have shown acupuncture to help in lessening the symptoms of depression and anxiety. The insertion of acupuncture needles on specific points of the body releases the happy hormones, endorphins, creating a pleasurable sense of peace and positivity. And the great thing about acupuncture is it is cumulative- so the more consistently you go, the better the results will be. Everyone could use a little more positivity!
- More Energy
Been feeling a midday post-lunch slump? Lots of people have to fight the urge to crawl under their desks for a nap after a big lunch. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, (of which acupuncture falls under the umbrella), this may be due to a weakened digestive system. You might call the digestive system the powerhouse of your body. When it’s not strong enough, even a simple lunchtime meal can make you sleepy, sapping your energy away. Regular acupuncture can strengthen your system, allowing you to power through the day- without that double latte.
- Increased Libido
Well of course if you are happier and have more energy, the libido will fall in suit. But did you know that regular acupuncture will also help with a decreased libido due to an imbalance of hormones? A key principle of traditional Chinese medicine is to create balance in the body to help the body heal itself. Acupuncture will bring the body and hormonesback into balance and get you, ahem, ready for action!
- Fewer Aches and Pains
Back ache, knee pain, wrist pain, headaches, menstrual cramps, jaw pain, you name it. Acupuncture will not only help to lessen, and often eliminate pain and tension in the body- it is a preventative medicine. With a skilled practitioner, you will notice that you have a lot fewer aches and pains to complain about.
Lastly, regular acupuncture will increase your lifespan. This, of course, takes some work on your part as well (healthy eating, exercise, good lifestyle choices), but if you decrease the levels of stress in your life, are happier, and balanced- naturally you will live longer!
As George Burns, (who lived to 100), said: “If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”
About the Author
Jennifer Hoger practices acupuncture out of her clinic in Austin, TX. She is licensed in both Texas and California. A health and wellness expert, coming from a long line of health practitioners, Jennifer takes great joy in empowering her patients to lead healthier lives.She is also a Yoga Works Certified Yoga teacher, having practiced yoga for the last 15 years. When not practicing acupuncture or yoga, she enjoys the live music Austin has to offer, being on or in the water, working as an actor on the occasional acting gig, and running around the lake on Austin’s hike and bike trail.
Visit Jennifer’s website at: www.jenniferhogeracupuncture.com