Many acupuncture patients initially seek treatment for a serious illness, to remedy acute pain or to help treat a mystery illness. However, acupuncture’s greatest benefits can often be found in its holistic approach to wellness. In the care of an experienced practitioner you can alleviate short-term ailments while also improving the long-term foundation of your overall well-being.
There are myriad ways in which acupuncture can benefit a patient’s overall health. This form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) helps ameliorate allergies (such as the fall allergies from which many people have suffered so acutely this year), improves the body’s native immune response, reduces fatigue, boosts energy levels, and heals the damage caused by stress. Although each of these benefits is valuable when considered individually, when understood as part of a whole they form a more complete picture of wellness that allows people to better enjoy their lives.
As a form of preventative health, we recommend that patients come in at four times a year at the very least. It’s ideal to do so when the seasons change since that is when people are most susceptible to colds and the flu. For better overall wellness and health maintenance, however, we advise that patients maintain treatments every 4-6 weeks. A regular treatment plan unlocks acupuncture’s greatest wellness benefits: restoring and maintaining the body’s own natural ability to heal and care for itself.
Quite often, especially when receiving acupuncture for the first time, people immediately notice improved overall wellness in terms of energy levels, immune system strength, and reduced stress. They may stop treatment at that point, feeling that they have received the full benefits that acupuncture has to offer and deciding that they can return to their previous routine since the original issue they presented with has been resolved.
In reality, that course of action is less beneficial in the long run. By its very design acupuncture highlights systems in the body that are being strained and stressed by our busy and complicated lifestyles. Spot treatments can indeed address short-term health problems, but they cannot treat or resolve the underlying issues that causes them in the first place. It’s not uncommon for patients to return later, realizing that a consistent approach is needed to bring their bodies into sustainable balance.
We work holistically, over the course of several treatments, to fully address each patient’s total well-being. That way, they can be assured of a better life both today and in the long run. If you would like to learn more about how acupuncture can fundamentally improve your health, schedule an appointment or contact us for more information.