Top 5 Most Common Reasons for seeing an Acupuncturist
When I read recently that Acetaminophen, most commonly used in over the counter analgesics such as tylenol, is one of the leading causes of liver damage, I wondered if I’d misread the post. It turns out that I did not. The FDA in the US is currently reviewing ways to reduce the risk, such as changing label laws, dosages, and packaging, or removing certain products from the shelf altogether. Considering the inherent risks of even the most ubiquitous over-the-counter medicines, it may be time to reiterate the many reasons to try acupuncture. Here are my top 5.
Stress: This is perhaps the single most common complaint shared at initial consultation. No matter what the stated reason for the visit, most people come to me hoping to relieve some of the symptoms associated with stress. These symptoms are different for everyone, but most commonly they share one or a combination of sleep problems, digestive issue, headaches, shoulder and back tension, palpitations, sweating, anxiety, panic, and difficulty concentrating. I have seen acupuncture help countless people calm down their nervous systems to relieve the troubling symptoms of stress.
Pain: Usually this takes the form of either a) computer-use-related neck/back/shoulder pain, b) chronic pain from an old injury or c) osteoarthritis. In each case, patients share that they have been advised to take OTC pain medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. In my experience of treating exclusively pain at a physiotherapy clinic for several years, acupuncture offers an extremely effective alternative to these medications. Not only can it relieve the pain, acupuncture also supports patients trying to manage the pain without long-term use of medications.
Digestive issues: Digestive issues manifest in various ways. Some people have severe diagnoses such as Crohn’s disease, while others suffer from symptoms that, while troubling, do not fit into a diagnosis and thus they are left with few options aside from prescription medications to manage symptoms. For example, I see patients with chronic constipation or diarrhea; bloating and pain; lack of appetite. Many people live with these symptoms for years before coming for help. With herbs and acupuncture, I have found that digestive issues are one of the things TCM treatment is very effective for.
Addiction: For many years, I worked for a housing society in the downtown eastside of Vancouver treating addicted and mentally ill residents. During those years, I was constantly amazed by the difference in demeanor of a resident when they arrived for treatment compared with how they looked and felt after acupuncture. The anxiety and pain associated with withdrawal can be overwhelming and unfortunately increase the likelihood of relapse. Acupuncture takes the edge off that anxiety so powerfully that some of the most hard-to-help people are able to make better decisions for themselves, accessing other services, and eventually integrating back into society in meaningful ways. However, acupuncture can also help with other forms of addiction by way of the same mechanisms, for example, overeating, smoking cessation, marijuana use, and even behaviours such as gamboling.
Fertility: No matter the diagnosis you receive from your fertility doctor, acupuncture has a profound effect on both male and female fertility. The benefits can be explained by a marked increase in blood flow, as the vessels irrigating the pelvic organs are dilated, thus bringing increased fresh, oxygenated arterial blood into the region. This improves the environment in which the eggs and sperm are maturing, thus helping them develop into the best possible quality.
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