Holistic Healing? Part 1: The Benefits of Acupuncture

Yes, Western medicine has its place, but so does body work (think myofascial release) and acupuncture.

 
Case in point:  I developed a severe case of tennis elbow and after 6 months of physical therapy, I wasn't a whole lot better.  Enter acupuncture!  I could tell an improvement after 1 session, but it took 6 twice weekly treatments and some follow up appointments (1x weekly, then 1x every other week) to correct the problem.  Still, acupuncture worked to completely alleviate the problem,  and traditional PT didn't. 

Why?

I have come to believe that injuries and at least some physical ailments are not totally physical.  While acupuncture does have some explanation from a Western medicine viewpoint (improving circulation for example), both acupuncture and reiki largely rely on correcting energy movement in the body, resolving areas of stagnation and improving overall health.

Placebo effect?

Well, it works on dogs...


I became a convert to acupuncture about 8 years ago.  We had a dog who had arthritis, and our holistic veterinarian recommended acupuncture.  We decided to try acupuncture, and it helped. 

A few years later, another one of our dogs developed congestive heart failure (CHF) and stopped being his normal little food hound self.  Acupuncture improved his appetite (he would turn his nose up at bacon, deli meat, any other delicacies we could think of before a session, and after a session, no need for delicacies, he would eat dog treats). 

Here's the thing about animals... the placebo effect is not a possibility.  Our dogs weren't making anything up in their minds and weren't pretending to be better.
 

We were seeing real effects of acupuncture.

 
Several years later, I developed gall sludge and started having problems associated with gallbladder attacks.  That's when I first tried acupuncture for myself, and it's kind of like evidence based faith... while I may not be able to fully explain everything, I know it's real because I can feel the results.

If you're in the Oceanside, CA area, here are a few clinics you should check out:
 
https://www.oceanacu.com/ - offering community style acupuncture at reasonable prices
 
Tsai Acupuncture - Kim is phenomenal
 

If you're in the Fort Collins area, check out www.sourcepointcommunity.com

About the Author

Brandy Searcy of Return to Eden Cosmetics

Brandy Searcy is a pharmaceutical formulation development scientist with over a decade experience in skincare product development. With a B.S. in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech, she has a strong interest in skin anatomy and physiology, and immune modulation.

When she's not at her day job formulating pharmaceuticals, she's researching immunology to learn more about her own diagnosis with Hashimoto's, developing new skincare formulations, or spending time with her husband and two rescues in Southern California.

Figuring out day by day how to leave no trace on the environment while doing everything she can to make the world better for those she crosses paths with, whether that's humans or other animals. The products offered on this site are creations of her own hands, with years of experience and a passion for safe & effective skincare formulations poured into each product.

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