Do you ever feel like life is running you down? If you had a battery, what would you guess your battery life would be? Are you at a 50% charge? 80%? Less than that? Are you motivated? Does this line of questioning pique your interest?
If so, what have you tried that HAS worked for you? Do you take extra naps, drink caffeinated drinks, or even succumb to the multitude of energy drinks on the market? And when you wake up the next day, do you have to start all over again?
Here’s what I’m getting at; Are you happy with just getting relief? Or do you really want to get well? By wellness, I mean that your body functions the way it’s supposed to function. You have energy to perform your work, enjoy your activities, and feel motivated enough to keep doing the things that nourish instead of deplete your life. Does that sound good to you?
If you’re at less than optimal function, acupuncture can help. Remember, acupuncture is only one branch of an entire system of medicine designed to drive up function. In other words, how does 100% battery life sound to you? No more heavy, achy limbs, yawning or rubbing your eyes throughout the day.
Before we discuss how Acupuncture can drive UP function, let’s talk about what drives it down and causes your fatigue. Fatigue can be influenced by your sleep cycle, the food that you eat, how and if your body is processing the food you eat for energy, and how your body eliminates toxins. This is just a short list of possible causative factors.
Whether we’re discussing Eastern (Chinese) or Western medicine, it all works based on one premise; We need oxygen and nutrients in and waste products out. This is the key behind proper cellular function. Acupuncture promotes better function and less fatigue by these key practices:
- Your Acupuncturist will evaluate you to discover what is and what is not properly functioning
- If we feel that Chinese medicine can help to drive up function, we’ll start with just one branch of Chinese medicine – Acupuncture. We do this to take out the guess-work. If we only do one thing, we’ll have the quality control we need to see how you respond.
- In a vary systematic and measured way, we’ll figure out whether you respond slowly, moderately or quickly. This will help us to talk about what options are available to drive up function.
- Your acupuncturist will work with you to find ways to meet your health goals.
It is very important to define your goals and to know what is and what is not in the scope of practice for acupuncture.
We won’t discuss your current medications. If that is your goal, you can work with your doctor to limit or eliminate a medicine.
An Acupuncturist deals in function. If your body doesn’t operate properly, you might be taking a prescription or over-the-counter medicine to help. If your Acupuncturist drives up function, it may limit or eliminate the reason for taking something. But, again, that’s between you and your doctor.
When it comes to fatigue, most people find ways to “self-medicate.” That means, they drink more coffee, take more naps, eat more sugar. These things might help temporarily. But if the problem keeps coming back, is it really helping? And what comes up often comes down, quickly and with a crash. How can someone operate five days a week running on sugar and caffeine or worse without these repeated signals having a negative impact on other systems? It’s important to recognize that what our bodies can adapt to are not always the best for function or regular maintenance. Would you treat your car that way? Let’s try an experiment: Put the wrong gas in your engine, or the wrong motor oil. Skip the oil change and tire rotation more than once, and you’ll get my point.
So, if you’re feeling sluggish, if your energy is low, if your limbs feel heavy, or if you feel unmotivated – try acupuncture.
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