Acupuncture has been around for over 3,000 years and should never be labeled as “New-Age.” The reason why this medicine has been around for so long is that it treats a person on all three levels (the mind, body, and spirit).
The mind/body/spirit connection is nothing new; everything is connected. Western medical doctors are quick to point out that patients who undergo surgery with a positive attitude tend to have better results, heal faster, and need less pain medication, than patients receiving a similar surgery, but have a negative attitude.
The famous great Greek philosopher Plato stated: “The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.”
Plato observed this over 2,000 years ago. If the two cannot be separated, why are most treatments only focused on the body?
This is the main reason why acupuncture works; acupuncture treats the mind, body, and spirit all at the same time.
I have a patient, Jane* who was skeptical about acupuncture but wanted see if she could get relief from her severe neck pain. After five treatments, Jane was pleasantly surprised that her range of motion was greatly improved, the pain was diminished, and she had reduced her prescription medication by half. Jane was so excited she told me that “acupuncture had done more for her in five treatments than physical therapy did for her in a year-and-a-half.” Jane also experienced other side effects from acupuncture treatment such as: improved mood, greater sense of well-being, better sleep, and more energy.
Why do you think acupuncture worked so well for Jane? Probably because she was treated on all three levels (mind, body, and spirit); her neck pain did not manifest on just the physical level.
In order to demonstrate how acupuncture works on all three levels, let’s look in detail at the point Pericardium-9. Pericardium-9 (PC-9) treats the mind, body, and spirit.
This point when used at the level of the mind can help a patient who never feels satisfied, for them nothing is ever enough and they find fault with everything; PC-9 also helps to expand limited thinking, the point is useful for sexual addictions, and will calm a racing mind.
At the level of the body, PC-9 restores consciousness, reduces fever, relieves headaches, eases hypertension, improves one’s ability to speak, treats tinnitus, epigastric pain, cardiac pain, and palpitations.
At the level of the spirit, PC-9 can be used to treat someone who feels empty and incomplete; this person may have difficulty in expressing their feelings and emotions. PC-9 helps a person be open to new experiences and to move forward in life.
Every acupuncture point is designed to treat the mind, body, and spirit.
Do you have a pain or discomfort that hasn’t improved with treatment on the physical level? If so, you know what to do…call and schedule an appointment with an acupuncturist today.
Lori Sibbers, L.Ac.
Orange County, California
Phone: (949) 766-9228