10 Unexpected Benefits of Acupuncture
1. Try Something New
In life it is always good to be open to new experiences. Being flexible and adaptive is an important part of what it means to embrace life. Acupuncture is a good way to try something new, something that is based on a unique theory and offers a unique way of treating health conditions. Because of this it can often help when other treatments have not.
2. Get Some Rest
Despite its rejuvenating power, our culture puts very little value in rest. Even though it is incredibly important, most of us even feel guilty when we do nothing. Acupuncture requires you to stop and take a moment to rest so that you can relax and replenish your energy reserves.
3. A Space of Your Own
Acupuncture gives you an entire hour of time just for yourself without any demands. A peaceful, restful hour all your own. When was the last time you had that?
5. Receive Care from Others
So many of us care for others so much, either at our jobs or at home, that our own health suffers. Acupuncture gives us a way to reciprocate this process, receiving care so that we can be strong for others without becoming depleted.
6. Tap Your Capacity for Change
Acupuncture can help you tap your capacity for change and transformation. This idea is at the crux of treatment for all chronic disease in Chinese medicine: transform the imbalanced process to a balanced one.
7. Pause for a Moment
In our culture we are always going, going, going, Acupuncture requires you to pause and take a moment to simply be. Instead of always being caught up in being busy, giving our selves time to pause allows us to step back and think about things in a more objective way.
8. Clear Your Head
Have you ever meditated? People who do often compare the experience of acupuncture to that of meditation, like you are awake but your brain is off. Acupuncture can help you empty your head, turning off the constant chatter so that you can think clearly again.
9. Open Yourself to New Ideas
Acupuncture thinks about health and healing in some very unique and provocative ways. For example, the body and spirit are one and cannot be separated. Or, that the body is divided in to just 5 systems, with corresponding organs, tissues, colors, smells, emotions, and senses.
10. Learn to Trust the Process
Instead of simply managing superficial symptoms, acupuncture aims to shift the underlying imbalanced process that is giving rise to them. This is more involved and takes more time, but has a more lasting effect. In our society of instant gratification, acupuncture can teach you how to trust this process of shift, allowing it to unfold organically and happen at its own pace.