Of course, I think acupuncture is good for everybody, because it helps your body function at its best, and who doesn’t want that? But there are certain conditions and issues that acupuncture really excels at treating, and these issues are typically the things that conventional medicine doesn’t offer a lot of relief for.
#1 – Middle-Aged Women – When women’s hormones shift in middle age, in addition to the oft-cited menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings, other health issues often pop up as well, such as migraines and autoimmune issues. Acupuncture can work magic on menopausal symptoms, as well as PMS, probably because it modulates hormones and neurotransmitters.
#2– People with Autoimmune Disorders, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue – Autoimmune disorders such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis fall under the category of things that conventional medicine can’t do much for, while acupuncture can almost always improve symptoms and quality of life for these folks. Women are 3 times more likely to have autoimmune problems than men because our immune systems are designed to accommodate making babies, and thus are far more complex than men’s systems.
#3 – People Who Want to Make Changes in Their Life – Acupuncture deeply relaxes your body and mind – essentially, it re-sets your nervous system. In this deeply relaxed state, your subconscious mind is most open and receptive, making it the ideal time to give your subconscious mind suggestions and hear its words of wisdom for you.
#4 –People with Anxiety and Depression – Research dating back 20 years shows that acupuncture significantly improves both anxiety and depression, making it the go-to alternative therapy for anybody considering taking anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication and anybody who finds it hard to tolerate the side effects of these drugs. In fact, some studies indicate that acupuncture works better than medication for depression.
#5 – People Who Want to Have Babies – Research shows that acupuncture offers a safe and valuable alternative therapy for infertility resulting from hormonal imbalance, and might actually be more effective than hormone therapy. Plus, acupuncture can be used to turn breech babies around and to induce labor!
#6 – People Who Are Under a Lot of Stress – Stress does all sorts of bad things to the body and to our spirit. If you know anybody who is going through traumatic times – death or prolonged illness of loved ones, divorce, job loss, business difficulties – acupuncture can help strengthen them to weather the storm and avoid getting sick in the process.
#7 – Arthritis and Chronic Pain Sufferers – Chronic pain is any pain that you’ve had for three months, and is the kind of thing that doctors usually tell you that you will have to live with. Fortunately, acupuncture excels at treating chronic pain while conventional medicine doesn’t have much to offer, aside from pain medications. Herbs and certain nutritional supplements can also be very helpful.