We usually try to avoid getting a needle when we visit the doctor, but acupuncture is something else together.
For thousands of years, Asian medical practitioners have recognized and documented invisible channels in your body called meridians. But these channels can become blocked, preventing the free flow of life supporting energy known as chi. According to Asian medical principles, when this happens, physical or emotional problems, such as depression, can result.
Acupuncture restores the flow of chi. As a bonus, it may also trigger the release of the natural mood lifting chemicals serotonin, norepinephrine, and endorphins.
Acupuncture also helps you come to terms with your own emotions. ” Acupuncture relaxes you, and when you are relaxed, you come out of your shell so you can feel positive again.”
When you begin an acupuncture program, expect the practitioner to first take a detailed medical history. Then you will lie comfortably on a table while the acupuncturist gently inserts thin needless about the width of three hairs just under your skin. Each session lasts from 24 to 40 minutes. A mild case of the blues generally requires two to four sessions, while more severe cases require more.
When looking for a well trained practitioner, seek someone’s who is either licensed by your state or province or certified by the National Certification for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.