All winter long, we see patients suffering with headaches, runny noses, congestion, phlegm and feeling “blocked up” where they can’t breathe. And as the seasons turn, more patients pour in struggling with painful sinus headaches and discomfort associated with the change of temperature. In reality, they’re dealing with not only external temperature changes but internal ones, too.
“Six years ago I was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease. Menieres is known as an inner ear disorder that causes a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear, tinnitus/ringing in the ear, fluctuating hearing loss, and episodes of vertigo/spinning. Unfortunately, the origin of Meniere’s disease is presently unfounded and for that reason, I was faced with many variables and ‘what ifs’ in the scope of coping with this disorder or the hopes of ever getting better and being ‘attack’ free.”
So when people ask me if acupuncture has side effects, I say yes! But it’s not the kind of side effects you find on the label of a prescription drug bottle. Instead, these are positive side effects, the result of balancing out your body. And when you balance out the body, good things happen.
It’s important for women to know that acupuncture and herbal medicine can help with infertility problems. Oftentimes, the reason women have trouble getting pregnant is because the body is out of balance and isn’t functioning properly. Two quick examples are an under-functioning thyroid or over-functioning thyroid, either one of which can affect fertility. A return to balance through acupuncture and herbs allows the body to operate in a natural, healthy way.
Allergies are the source of a great deal of suffering for people, especially during “allergy season.” When the symptoms show up, it begins a search for something to help feel better, whether that’s shots or over-the-counter medication or prescription drugs. There isn’t a clear understanding of what’s going on; you just want it to stop.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are powerful preventative medicine when received regularly. When combined with healthy eating and habits, acupuncture will keep your body in balance so you never get to the point of illness or physical breakdown. It’s about keeping energy flowing and your immune system strong.
Our goal at Eastern Medical Center is to raise awareness about acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine as a “second opinion” before undergoing costly and traumatic surgery or starting an oftentimes lifelong regimen of taking toxic drugs. There is a totally natural option in many cases that saves money and health.