Holistic Healing? Part 1: The Benefits of Acupuncture

Published on: March 7, 2019

Sure Western medicine has its place, but so does body work (think myofascial release) and acupuncture.

 
Case in point:  I developed a severe case of tennis elbow and after 6 months of physical therapy, I wasn't a whole lot better.  Enter acupuncture!  I could tell an improvement after 1 session, but it took 6 twice weekly treatments and some follow up appointments (1x weekly, then 1x every other week) to correct the problem.  Still, acupuncture worked to completely alleviate the problem, and traditional PT didn't. 

Why is acupuncture so effective?

I have come to believe that injuries and at least some physical ailments are not totally physical.  While acupuncture does have some explanation from a Western medicine viewpoint (improving circulation for example), both acupuncture and reiki largely rely on correcting energy movement in the body, resolving areas of stagnation and improving overall health.

Is acupuncture's efficacy just due to the placebo effect?

Well, it works on dogs...

dog receiving acupuncture therapy, use of acupuncture in veterinarian practices

I became a convert to acupuncture around 2009.  We had a dog who had arthritis, and our holistic veterinarian recommended acupuncture.  We decided to try acupuncture, and it helped. 

A few years later, another one of our dogs developed congestive heart failure (CHF) and stopped being his normal little food hound self.  Acupuncture improved his appetite (he would turn his nose up at bacon, deli meat, any other delicacies we could think of before a session, and after a session, no need for delicacies, he would eat dog treats). 

Here's the thing about animals... the placebo effect is not a possibility.  Our dogs weren't making anything up in their minds and weren't pretending to be better.
 

We were seeing real effects of acupuncture.

Several years later, I developed gall sludge and started having problems associated with gallbladder attacks.  That's when I first tried acupuncture for myself, and it's kind of like evidence based faith... while I may not be able to fully explain everything, I know it's real because I can feel the results.

If you're in the Oceanside, CA area, here are a few clinics you should check out:
 
https://www.oceanacu.com/ - offering community style acupuncture at reasonable prices
 
Tsai Acupuncture - Kim is phenomenal
 

If you're in the Fort Collins area, check out www.sourcepointcommunity.com

Brandy Searcy founder Rain Organica

About the Author

Brandy Searcy is an outdoor girl who loves hiking, gardening, bird-watching, and body boarding.  Her innate curiosity means she's constantly researching something, and she's likely sharing what she's learned here on the blog. 

Nearly obsessive about her skincare, she started developing products to pack with her on day hikes and soon realized her backpacking friends were searching for a portable skincare routine as well, and that's how Rain Organica started.

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