Nutrition and Acupuncture
Preventative Medicine is defined as the part of medicine that is engaged with preventing disease rather than curing it. An integral part of preventative medicine, nutrition, is considered the first line of defense in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as it provides the energy needed for the body to function properly. Good nutrition not only provides energy, it also provides the basic building blocks, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants that keep the body healthy, vibrant, and mentally, and emotionally strong.
A nutritional imbalance in the foods we consume contributes to an imbalance in overall health. Eating an unnatural and restrictive diet can lead to yo-yo dieting and drastic ups and downs in body weight. Improper diet practices can cause malnutrition, organ damage, slow metabolic rate, and other imbalances in the body. Biochemical and energetic imbalances may present themselves as pain, sleep disturbances, mood swings, abnormal digestion, headaches, and menstrual irregularities.
Through the process of evaluating the subtle physical signs as well as the emotional condition of a person, practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine can detect health problems in the earliest stages, before a grave illness develops. Once the imbalance has been determined, a customized program can be created with a variety of treatment modalities including acupuncture, qi gong, food, and nutritional changes, and lifestyle suggestions.
Seasonal acupuncture treatments just 4 times a year in combination with proper nutrition can serve to nourish the inner organ systems and correct minor annoyances before they become serious health problems.
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about how acupuncture can help be preventative in your health care.
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