When we think of acupuncture, we usually assume that it is helpful for pain. It is true, acupuncture has been proven helpful for health conditions such as: pain (headaches, arthritis, neuralgia, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, Fibromyalgia, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and neck/shoulder pain); but it has also been recognized to be helpful in resolving conditions such as circulatory disorders (such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia); addictions to alcohol, nicotine and other drugs; respiratory disorders (such as emphysema, sinusitis, allergies, asthma and bronchitis); and gastrointestinal conditions (such as food allergies, ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, intestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis)….just to name a few!
What we don’t usually associate with acupuncture is its ability to heal our emotions. For me, the most significant aspect of our health concerns are the emotions that lie at the core of our physical condition.
Our bodies are energy. Pure energy. We all have had the experience of feeling “full of energy” or having “no energy” or even feeling “out of sorts”. Our emotions are simply a flow of energy called “qi”. Ideally, this energy should not become blocked or stagnant. If it does, an imbalance in the expression of our emotions occurs and, if we continue to stuff those emotions, ignore them, deny them, medicate them and mask them, eventually dis-ease results. Acupuncture restores a harmonious balance of energy to bring about a healthy expression of emotion – to keep our emotions “in motion” – in order to maintain our health and reconnect us to our true nature.
According to Chinese medical philosophy, all emotions originate in the heart. Acupuncture opens up our heart to giving and receiving love ~ the love of self as well as love of others. In fact, all dis-ease and illness may be considered indicative of having lost touch with the truth in our “heart of hearts”. When our hearts are open, we are freely able to radiate our spirit into the world, and all is well.
"When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy." ~ Chinese Proverb
I encourage you to listen to your heart always. How? Find the beauty in stillness, in simply being with yourself. Breathe, be and listen to your inner voice – that is your true heart speaking. And, if you in pain or dealing with depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, unresolved emotions, PMS…and you need support in putting your heart at ease, I’m here to help.