Traditional Chinese medicine is not just acupuncture, it is a whole way of life. As our acupuncture treatment is based on dealing with the root, not just symptoms, we should see the person as a whole to understand how to get back to harmony.
Acupuncture should not be looked at as a quick fix or band aid, but as a way to maintain health and prevent illness.
Especially if you already have a chronic condition, it means that you will need to make long standing changes in your life, new rules that you have to follow to prevent exacerbation. I give you a good boost with acupuncture, help your body to find the balance and heal yourself, but it is you who should keep it that way and maintain it well.
How to benefit the most from acupuncture treatments?
1. Be aware of your feelings. Listen to yourself and notice any changes in your body both physical and emotional. The first changes usually come in overall feelings, pay closer attention to your quality of sleep, reaction to stress and energy level.
2. Take a break. Acupuncture is great for relaxation. Why is that? Simply because healing requires energy and your body will need to have a rest to recharge. So I recommend not to plan anything important right after the treatment and don’t be in a rush. It is possible to drive after the session, and you can exercise as usual.
3. Take care of your body. After acupuncture, massage and cupping it is advised to keep yourself warm and relaxed. So maybe swimming is not the best idea to do right after the treatment.
4. Follow the treatment plan. Acupuncture is a holistic medicine, but still medicine and the effect is built over the time on top of the previous session. It is important to catch the results of the previous treatment and boost them with the following.
5. Have good hydration and avoid alcohol. Acupuncture is a well known way to detox your body and we need to drink plenty of fluids so that your body can flush out what you don’t need. And don’t give more job to your liver with alcohol and greasy food.
6. Changes in your diet. It is always a good idea to eat healthy. Our bodies need nutritive food to get more energy. It is recommended to reduce certain foods that cause inflammation in the body, such as processed food, greasy, sugary and too spicy. It is not a strict policy, more important is balance in it and small amounts and once in a while normally are fine.
7. Prevent. Eventually you become more aware of your body signals. You will be able to recognise if something is going wrong with yourself before it becomes a real issue and get appropriate help. Learning to take action before your health condition becomes more severe, longer standing or difficult will save you time and money in the long run!
8. Bring sport in your life. Movement is the base of life. It increases microcirculation, helps to self massage inner organs, pump lymph, and make our body work. Sedentary lifestyle is a reason for many health issues and sport helps us to balance our way of living. Consider weekly yoga or pilates, swimming and tennis, team sport is also helpful not only to move your body but also socialise.
9. Decrease your screen time. Screens influence not only our eyesight and posture, it also consumes precious time that we could spend for ourselves or with loved ones. During our work time it is difficult to follow this advice, but what we could do is at least not to use our phones before going to sleep or during our mealtimes. Pay attention to the present.
10. Meditate. As simple as it is, find 5-10 minutes during the day to be present, listen to yourself and just pause the world so your energies can rebalance. You’ll see the difference, the healing process will benefit from it!
11. Breathe deeply. We can get energy from food and from breathing and the latter is usually overlooked. Good deep breaths improve lymph and blood circulation which make you feel immediately good.
If you have any questions please contact me!