By Samira Branch, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist
After the indulgence of Christmas we all want to shed a few pounds and feel lighter and more energised coming into Spring. But how do we choose from all of the different options?
As more and more people move away from the fad diet-quick fix, reward and punishment approach to their health, weight, and well being, what other options do we have?
The definition of health according to Chinese medicine is balance. It’s about taking into consideration where we are, good and bad, and making small adjustments to create gradual and lasting improvement to our overall balance.
Whereas Western medicine focuses on treating specific symptoms and diseases, Chinese Medicine will look at the picture of a person as a whole and how they fit into their world. It identifies ‘patterns’ of imbalance that can be adjusted and balanced creating a ripple effect that improves all aspects of our life. For example, by treating one system, you can reduce stress, which in turn relieves stomach pain and migraines, or dizziness and vertigo, or chronic cough. You can become more relaxed and optimistic, feel more at ease with yourself and enjoy trying a different approach to things you have been feeling stuck with.
An example from my own experience, and the reason I became an Acupuncturist myself, is when my mother was diagnosed with an advanced case of Hyperthyroidism. I came home from college one weekend, and was worried to see how sick she was. She had lost two stone in seven weeks, her eyes were bulging and she had a raging itch that bothered her so much at night that she couldn’t sleep. She was totally exhausted but couldn’t rest, as she was nervous and agitated all the time. She was told that she would have to take radioactive iodine or have her thyroid gland removed. Because she was a nurse herself, she knew the side-effects of all of the treatments and wanted to find a more gentle solution.
That’s when she tried Acupuncture and Chinese herbs. By treating the Heat pattern and building up her strength using Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Diet, the Acupuncturist was able to rebalance the body and restore my mother back to full health. She was able to come off the medication for her thyroid gradually and all of her thyroid tests for the next three years came back as normal. And all of that without a single side effect!
If you’re looking for a more gentle, natural way of feeling better in yourself, whatever your goal, you might be surprised to find how much difference you will feel after a series of Acupuncture sessions.
If you’d like an Acupuncturist trained in China and who offers a combination of Acupuncture, Moxa, Chinese Herbs and Cupping, please give me a call on 087 9024274. I work in Clonakilty and the surrounding area.