I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Change is good.” In the world of acupuncture, we are more likely to say change is inevitable. And it usually creates stress, regardless of whether we think it’s good or bad.
We are all always dancing with life’s changes. After all, the only time that the body stops changing oxygen into carbon dioxide is after death. We are continually transforming as long as we are alive. And even after that, the body changes into yet another form.
Whenever we are facing something different, our entire being must adjust. Most of us react by creating stress hormones. These hormones depress the mood, metabolism, digestion, sleep, and general ability to heal. This is called fight-or-flight mode, which creates a state of inflammation. Over a period of time, we become less resilient, more fatigued, and more vulnerable to illness and disease.
Happily, the body produces anti-inflammatory hormones and goes into a state of relaxation during and after treatment. This is how acupuncture can lower inflammation throughout the body. In ‘warm-fuzzy’ mode, we experience a sense of ease, increase energy, and improve our immune system.
It’s for this reason many people come to their treatment feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and/or irritable and leave feeling much more relaxed and in less pain. And this feeling lasts longer with regular treatment. It’s the same as exercise and meditation; the more regularly it’s done, the greater the benefits.
The world today is changing rapidly. Some changes are great and others are not so great. Acupuncture can be extremely helpful in dancing with life’s changes.
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