Many people think of acupuncture for just pain relief, but it can do so much more when performed by a fully-trained acupuncturist – especially when we target the cause of an ailment or disease. When we experience symptoms like chronic aches and pains, frequent colds, insomnia, heartburn, headaches, just to name a few, we usually look for relief by treating the symptoms with medication. Symptomatic relief is superficial and does not address the “cause.” There is always a reason for the symptom: It indicates an underlying imbalance in your body or disease process.
The Underlying Cause of Symptoms
Acupuncture focuses on relieving the underlying “cause” of the symptoms. When we are in harmony with our environment by being balanced in body, mind and spirit, we can more effectively deal with the challenges and stressors of modern everyday life. I believe in treating the whole person, on a very individualized basis, not simply a group of symptoms. I want to be your partner in finding the cause of your symptoms so you can experience a better quality of life through getting and staying as healthy as you can be.
Here is a simple example: Let’s say a warning light on your car dashboard comes on. You would not reach under the dashboard and pull out the wire to make the light go out. You would find the cause of the malfunction to be fixed, because to ignore the warning light would cause even greater harm to your car.
In your body, let’s say you start experiencing abdominal pain on a regular basis, not just an isolated instance. There could be many causes for this symptom. You could take pain medicine for it or look for the cause. We all need to pay attention to our health, but we often fail to do so until we be become so sick that we can no longer ignore the symptoms. So many chronic diseases today are treated on a symptomatic-relief level of medications because many people don’t know the benefits of acupuncture go far beyond just pain relief.
One Patient at a Time
What I love about the Worsley style of Five-Element Acupuncture is that only one patient is seen at a time. Time is spent at the beginning of each visit talking with the patient to see what they need not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. I spend about 45 minutes to an hour with you during each visit, one-on-one.
As my professor J.R. Worsley said, “We must strive to see people not only as they present themselves in illness, but more importantly as they would be in perfect health and balance, in full discovery of their true nature, unique in body, mind and spirit.”