Functional Health and Acupuncture Institute: Acupuncture and Organic for Health Maintenance!
Acupuncture, like organic foods, help to preserve your health and prevent disease.
One of the best things you can do for your body is to feed it real, wholesome, nutritious foods. If you can find locally grown organic products, even better. The benefits of going organic include less pesticide contamination, higher nutrient content, no genetic modifications, no irradiation, more humane treatment of animals and respect for the land, and better taste. Of all these health benefits, the only subjective one is taste.
So let’s say you are looking over some produce and you are deciding whether to go organic or stick with the conventional version. If your primary concern is the health of you and your family, then it’s a no-brainer; go with the organic. If, however, your decision is based solely on taste, it’s a toss up, as some report a distinct advantage to organic while others claim no taste difference between organic and conventional.
Here’s the point. If you are making your purchasing decisions based entirely on taste, you are risking missing out on all the other healthy benefits of choosing organic.
When it comes to acupuncture and the health of your body, pain relief is like the organic taste test.
While most people are prompted to pursue acupuncture care as the result of pain or other symptoms, those who limit it to simple pain relief are cheating themselves of so much more.
The real impact of acupuncture lies in its ability to help the body heal and regulate itself. We know that energy flows in the meridian system, and that imbalances and blockages of energy in the meridian system lead to various symptoms and signs.
Whether imbalances are felt as pain or not, the end result is the same: loss of the normal flow of the body’s energy and compromised health.
Roughly 15-20% of the time these imbalances result in pain. Sometimes they are just evidenced by feelings of high stress, anxiousness, compromised sleep, low energy levels or a reduced feeling of well-being. Often, however, they cause no symptoms and go undetected. The problem is that chronic imbalances make us more predisposed to chronic or autoimmune diseases. Delaying acupuncture care when we are out of balance with blocked energy flow will cause our health to continue to decline. Organic is not just about taste, and acupuncture certainly isn’t only about pain relief.
While feeling great is desirable, the full scope of acupuncture’s benefits can only be realized beyond the initial pain relief phase of care. Once you are feeling better, be sure to utilize acupuncture for ongoing health and wellness. And when you know something is not right with your health, when you sense you are out of balance, that’s the best time to seek care. Pain relief, like great taste, is just the tip of the iceberg!