Anyone who tells you that acupuncture trumps diet is selling you a bill of goods. This doesn’t mean that you have to eat your brussel sprouts, particularly if you don’t like them. It does mean, however, that you need to keep it real about one’s expectations for modalities such as acupuncture.
More and more people are begining to appreciate acupuncture as something more than for treating pain. Quite true. Acupuncture is part of a whole-body approach comprising Chinese medicine. “Chinese medicine” and acupuncture are often used interchangeably, though acupuncture only refers to the needles part, whereas “Chinese medicine” includes everything else. Below, I thought I’d shed a little light on acupuncture, in the general sense, on matters related to diet.
- Acupuncture regulates metabolism-– Sure, everyone thinks their metabolism needs up regulating, but maybe what’s really in order is strengthening kidney function so excess water can be expelled.
- Acupuncture kills critters— Chronic brainfog, IBS, UTIs can all be pointing to bacterial imbalance, particularly candidiasis which is often at the root of many cravings, digestive complaints and seemingly unrelated problems.
- Acupuncture treats cravings— Got a thing for chocolate such that you’re considering becoming high priest(ess) of chocolate? Did you know that this could be a sign of a sluggish liver?
Although acupuncture can be a very effective means of setting one’s health on course by treating factors often overlooked, it isn’t a magic bullet that allows one to escape the consequences of one’s actions. Approaching matters of metabolism and diet do not fit a one-size-fits-all prescription. Only more definitive statements can be made after a proper examination.