In the West, acupuncture is best known for its ability to relieve pain, and is frequently used for back pain, shoulder pain, knee problems, and so on. By nature of being a holistic medicine, of course, it does much more. If indicated, TCM can be used to strengthen the immune system, to reduce anxiety, or increase energy. Patients who visit their acupuncturists regularly frequently report that they don’t get the flu or other illnesses that are “going around,” even when exposed to many sick friends or relatives. And if you do get sick, an acupuncture treatment will bring about a quick resolution to the illness so that you’ll be feeling good again quickly.
As TCM sees all illness to be the result of an imbalance in the body’s natural energies (and imbalances can almost always be corrected), the list of ailments treatable with acupuncture is long. It includes:
- digestive problems
- chronic headaches (regardless of the cause)
- chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia
- difficulties associated with menopause
- PMS and other menstrual irregularities
- depression, anxiety, PTSD
- chemical dependency
- allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions
- and many other ailments
Chronic, irritating conditions that so many people think they must “just learn to live with” are often very responsive to treatment with acupuncture. You have the right to feel good!