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Side Effects of Acupuncture
People often ask me if acupuncture has side effects. In my experience the effects of acupuncture have been beneficial, and offering improvements in their quality of living! Both acupuncture and Chinese herbs may be able to offer positive changes in one's life. Of course, there is a personal responsibility to your own health that comes along with such good results. Your commitment to healthy living and learning what is best to keep your particular negative symptoms away - will benefit you greatly. The most common side effects of acupuncture are:
Reduced Stress: stress reduction is a common reason for seeking acupuncture. There are people that don't realize they've been living with a heightened stress level and that it's now become their baseline level of stress. Until those people have a clearing of that stress, they not as able to evaluate how much stress they've been enduring. Acupuncture heightens our awareness so that stress levels are able to be recognized and a person can use strategies to overcome the effects of stress, or make decisions not to engage in that activity that is causing them stress. Overtime, acupuncture can help us remain calm in our daily activities, reducing stress reactions to things that used to make us very stressed. Acupuncture treatments are able to help make living easier and more manageable by relieving the tension that stress causes in everyday life.
Clearer thinking: acupuncture helps improve clarity of thought, the ability to organize and handle our daily to-do lists. Acupuncture balances the body and mind, creating better circulation in the body and confidence in our actions. If you've been feeling sluggish and your thinking is unclear, try acupuncture and dietary changes to assist you in getting more clear minded.
More restful sleep: acupuncture can prove very beneficial in quality and quantity of sleep. Insomnia is a major complaint in many of my patients. Often times a patient's sleep is improved as a secondary benefit to their normal symptoms they are mostly being treated for. Both acupuncture and Chinese herbs individually and in conjunction can help you get to your ideal sleeping situation. Chinese herbs work well with insomnia and they are not addictive and don't give a groggy feeling in the morning.
Increased Energy: acupuncture can increase energy for days and even weeks after a treatment. The increase in energy can help with getting to the gym, being more physically active, getting past the post-lunch drowsiness, and adding spring to your step!
Healthier Digestion: acupuncture and Chinese herbs are known for having great benefits on digestion. A person's overall digestive health is representative of their state of being, which is why acupuncturists ask many questions related to bowel movements and dietary habits. Often times a patient's digestion will have improved after a treatment, even if they weren't coming for that reason specifically.
This article was inspired by AcuTake, Sara Calabro. Thank you Sara!
Article written by Patricia Kowal, MAOM, LIcensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbal Practitioner
Disclaimer: Please follow up with your practitioner if you are unsure or are having questions about the information contained in this material.