Relieve Stress with Acupuncture at the Salt Room Orlando
October 17, 2014
Dr. Saima Bhatti, OM, AP
“Lying flat on his back, the patient takes a deep breath in, holds it briefly and slowly exhales as he begins to drift further in to his relaxation state. There is quiet meditation music playing softly in the background, the aroma of lavender filling his senses and the comforting feeling of heat over his legs and feet. When he directs attention to his methodically placed acupuncture needles, he can feel a slight tingling sensation, like the rush of energy flowing through him; meanwhile he remains deeply relaxed.”
Acupuncture has been used in the eastern part of the world for thousands of years in the treatment of illness. It has shown to alleviate pain and has proven to be effective in managing symptoms of diseases related to several mental-emotional causes, such as stress and anxiety. The food therapy element of Chinese Medicine has even been shown to counteract the effects of our diet influenced diseases, which have become more prevalent in modern times. Even the food and drink we choose are causing us stress! Our food does not seem to supply us with the amount of energy we need and the caffeine we drink is draining us over time, yet we don’t reach for alternatives if they are less convenient than our fast food and morning cup of coffee.
What can we do as a society about our increasing stress and anxiety? What options do we have available to us? Recently, in the west, we have utilized pharmaceutical medications that have specifically been designed to combat stress and anxiety disorders. A common consequence of using these drugs is in dealing with the impact of their respective side effects; one such effect is addiction. Many anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications are habit forming and will stop in their effectiveness the moment they stop being taken, creating an unintentional dependency.
Acupuncture is safe, effective and improves the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It’s hard to believe without experiencing it, that the insertion of sterile, single use, micro-fine acupuncture needles inspires such a dramatic increase of activity in our bodies. It creates a blood circulatory system response, a strong immunological effect, stimulates the endocrine system positively and provides an immediate and noticeable calming effect on the nervous system. This treatment provides patients with peace of mind that was otherwise inaccessible to them.
The cost of acupuncture sessions can vary greatly but are consistently a half hour to 90 minutes long. Regardless of session price, most whom have experienced acupuncture say purchasing a limited amount of sessions is completely affordable when compared to the cost of a lifetime of medication management required for chronic conditions. The number of sessions required for complete relief varies per condition and individual.
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