By: Nena Watkins, Lac, Licensed Acupuncturist
Although acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years in China, today in America it is still a mystery! In modern day Dallas, the hustle and bustle of staying up on the latest health trends can be overwhelming. Fitting in yoga, barre class, the chiropractor, and Whole Foods, leaves little time for meditation or relaxation. However, these new trends for health are getting back to ancient basics, with organic foods, herbal supplements, meditation, and energy work such as Reiki and Yoga. Most of us are looking for what has proven for centuries to keep people healthy.
Chinese Medicine is a complete medical paradigm that can treat a person from birth to death. It is sought as a meditation experience for some people, or as an alternative to western medicines and their side effects for others, or even as a wellness program. It is all of these and more! Chinese medicine includes nutrition/diet, the use of herbs to balance from the inside, Qi gong/meditation, Tai Qi/martial art, Tiu Na/Chinese massage, Cupping, and Moxabustion. It is an accumulation of various techniques over centuries that have helped people to fight disease, stay healthy, and be happy. Chinese medicine is not only a medical system, it is a system for healthy, balanced living. It has something for everyone!
Between acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, Chinese medicine has much to offer healthcare in America. In Texas, Acupuncturists are licensed by the Texas Medical Board. Acupuncture from a licensed acupuncturist trained in Chinese medicine can safely and effectively treat many symptoms for which one might see a doctor. Often people find relief within a few acupuncture treatments. Examples of symptoms relieved with acupuncture include: insomnia, digestive problems, allergies, asthma, knee pain, back pain, headaches, and the common cold to list a few. It’s a good idea to try acupuncture as an alternative to western medical tests and medications, or as a compliment to the MD, chiropractor, yoga, pilates, and paleo diet you may be currently enjoying.
Unlike western medicine, Chinese medicine does not separate the body, mind, and spirit. It treats the whole person, for as human beings we are physical beings fulfilling a spiritual destiny. When we treat the whole person we find that all symptoms get better, and joy more naturally manifests in our daily experiences. Acupuncture opens one’s energy to move freely and heal from within. Allowing one’s own innate healing energy to work is a very relaxing experience for most people. They report that they feel more like themselves.
The opportunity to meditate, relax, or sleep while the needles are working during an acupuncture treatment is a win-win! Not only are you balancing your body, mind, and spirit, but while this is happening, you get your time to reconnect to your breath, feel your energy realign or fall asleep. The relaxation and the meditation time that are so hard to fit into our busy schedules are a natural part of the acupuncture treatment. And don’t worry if relaxing is hard for you; the needles do the work for you!
For more information:
Nena Watkins is a licensed Acupuncturist
Oak Cliff Acupuncture
208 S Madison Avenue, Dallas (Bishop Arts)