Using Acupuncture for Healing

Many people have heard of and have a general idea of what acupuncture is. But contrary to the popular “cure-it-now” belief system of most Westerners, acupuncture is a therapy system used to continuously treat symptoms of various ailments over a period of time. Because of this, acupuncture can be a very effective treatment plan for ongoing therapy of many different conditions.

What is acupuncture?

Quite simply, acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine tradition that has been in practice in the East for around 2500 years. Acupuncture is the practice of releasing patterns of energy flow—called Qi or Chi—found throughout the body with the use of very thin, metallic needles.

According to Eastern tradition, these energies within the body fall along fourteen points and are responsible for overall health. Acupuncture seeks to alternate or reverse certain energies within the body when dis-ease is present or if there are symptoms that can be connected to these points within the Chi.

What is acupuncture used to treat?

Here in the Western world ‘alternative’ or ‘traditional’ healthcare practices are proving themselves effective as treatments for a variety of ailments. Acupuncture is one of them. To be sure, medical providers should always be consulted when considering an alternative treatment to any condition. Some commonly treated conditions include:

  • Chemotherapy side-effects such as nausea and vomiting
  • Post-operative: including dental, routine and sometimes invasive surgeries
  • Tobacco use, illicit drug addiction and alcohol addiction
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Headaches, migraines, pain relief
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sometimes used for bodily traumas like spinal injuries, concussions, and muscle spasms

How does acupuncture work within the body?

According to extensive medical research, acupuncture is linked to several different biological responses within the body. These responses are generally found right around, on, or in the area of skin that the therapy is applied. It is also reported that opioid peptides are released during acupuncture therapy. Opioid peptides are chains of amino acids behaving generally alike to endorphins. These peptides are released during an acupuncture session, and have a direct effect on controlling symptoms such as emotion, motivation, attachment behavior (such as that seen in addictions), the body’s response to stress and pain, and even food intake.

Acupuncture has been proven to be a most effective treatment option for many ailments. Check with a your PCP for advice on whether acupuncture is the right choice for you.

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Grounding in the Sea

The beach is one of those places I go when I’ve a need to ground myself– to feel the connections and energy currents that help release the constraints and stresses of modernism.

It is here at the shoreline, at this place of in-betweens, where I let my feet sink into the sand as the surf rolls in and out, pulling with it that which I choose to let go. It is remarkably easy to do, like a sigh of contentment exhaled from a happy soul.

The Sea is so effective in Her ability to heal, cleanse, and recharge, that I favor grounding my energy in this manner. Earth has its methods and own currents of energies, but the Sea is so mutable, so ever-changing, that these characteristics are what makes seeking comfort there so desirable.

So how can one ground themselves, in general and at the beach? Is it all just an elaborate placebo effect? Does grounding really work?

Just start by getting there. [Or at least get outside in nature if you’re not able to get to a beach.]

Once at the beach, find a spot near the shore to set yourself up. Walk in the surf, search for shells and treasures, let yourself become aware of the salty breeze, the sound of the waves and gulls, remind yourself not to hurry. Seeking solace in the sea is just as effective as using Earth to center yourself.

Stand in the surf, with your feet shoulder-width apart, and let the surf rush in to cover your feet, pulling the sand you felt was stable away as the waves recede. Each time the waves roll in and back out, your feet will sink further into the sand. Each time the waves pull away, the sand with it, imagine that all your stressors, anxiety, exhaustion, stale energies (or anything you feel you need to release) are being pulled out to sea with the sand that leaves the soles of your feet along with the waves.

Let yourself be in the moment, in the present. Imagine you are an electrical current in human form, and let your feet be the conductor through which the polarities exchange: absorb the flow of energies from the ground through your feet, while allowing the positively-charged energy currents release through the crown of your head along with those emotions, negative thinking patterns, etc. We are healthier when we vibrate in frequencies in tune with the environment. Birds, fish, mammals–they all operate at this frequency. When we attune ourselves to this frequency, we ultimately give permission for all that is at ease to enter us, as well as allowing that which doesn’t serve us to float away with the tide.

Pray, chant your certitude, meditate on your strengths and vitality. There is an ocean of wisdom in front of you when you stand on the shore, and the answers you seek can be better realized through the practice of grounding yourself.

When you attune yourself with the energy frequencies of Earth and Sea, what once were obstacles should now be nothing more than signposts pointing you in a different direction. No blockages, just alternate pathways. Similarly, you can catch a suntan while meditating. Soak in the solar energies, pray and meditate on the force of life given to us, and the vitamin D will do the rest.

Science has already given us proof of the healthful benefits of soaking in nature at the beach (but hey, intuitively and instinctively we already know), and it’s no doubt consciously grounding ourselves while beach-going can heighten these benefits and bring spiritual health around to being in tune with nature–both our innate/inner nature and that of our physical environment.

Where are some favorite spots of yours to go to ground?