People are always looking for the magic bullet to better health.
It might be a new diet, a bunch of supplements, a magic shake or a workout routine that really makes you sweat. But there are times, frequent enough, when those good-faith efforts don’t yield the amazing results you hoped for.
The body still hurts, the energy remains low and the weight just won’t go away. Sleep hasn’t gotten any better while stress and anxiety are as high as ever.
Putting aside for a moment the nitty-gritty details about diet, exercise and mental/emotional peace that matter to a licensed acupuncturist, the real problem for many people is simple.
Their energy is blocked.
The regulatory functions that govern our health – blood circulation, hormones, digestion and the nervous system etc… – are being internally mismanaged by the same factors you’re trying to overcome. These pathways, and the energy meridians that are connected to them, just don’t flow.
In situations like these, expand your focus beyond exercise, diet and supplements and spend a little money on acupuncture. There’s nothing better than an acupuncture treatment for unhinging a person’s internal and external forces so they can operate at a higher level. The one you aspire to.
Acupuncture is all about flow. That’s not to say changes in diet, supplements and exercise don’t help. But recognizing the importance of flow in overall mental and physiological function plays into one of acupuncture’s strongest hands: making the mind and body more receptive to healthy changes.
To be fit, for example, a person needs to have a smooth-functioning digestive system to absorb healthier food and lose weight. They need relaxation, stronger blood circulation and sleep for energy and sustained performance.
There’s also a stifling condition many people have that sums up the effect of all the previously mentioned problems.
For lack of a better description, it can be called “feeling heavy.”
Much of the time it’s a byproduct of being overweight, the metabolic residue of a slow digestive system. In Traditional Chinese Medicine we call it dampness. But oddly enough, even trim people can experience a sense of inertia that results from the accumulation of the negative factors previously mentioned. You might call it the blahs.
Consequently, after an acupuncture session many people feel lighter, not just more relaxed and alert.
Give this a try. Continue modifying your diet and supplements. Keep working out. But throw in some acupuncture treatments for general relaxation and energy flow. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Josh Zimmer is a Nationally Certified, State Licensed Acupuncture Physician. He graduated from the East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, FL in 2008. Josh is the acupuncturist at Four Pillars, providing natural healing for pain relief and digestive issues. He also treats symptoms of cancer, stroke and neuropathy. Four Pillars is located at 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call 941-373-3955, email Info@FourPillasFlorida.com or visit FourPillarsFlorida.com