From the rise of feminism in the 60s, to the do-it-all, have-it-all, be-it-all powerhouses we’ve become in the 2000s, being female has, over the decades, slowly become more and more demanding. The ongoing pressure of juggling career, children, relationships, our homes and finances can impact us both emotionally and physically.
Here are five ways acupuncture can help you become better equipped to deal with your busy lifestyle:
1. Reduce stress, frustration and anger
Stress, frustration and unresolved anger can manifest into physical symptoms including disturbed sleep, digestive problems and headaches. This is because stress and anger cause a disruption in the energy flow in the body. Numerous studies suggest that acupuncture has a significant effect in the reduction of stress, as it corrects these disruptions and facilitates the relaxation of body and mind.
2. Strengthen your immune system
Our immune system produces antibodies that protect us against infection, bacteria, viruses and disease. When it’s weak, we’re susceptible to contract some serious nasties that can make us feel terrible and be a great inconvenience. Acupuncture works to balance your body’s energy systems to rebuild the immune system and keep it ready to fight when necessary.
3. Uplift energy and motivation
If you’ve been burning the candle at both ends, your vital energy reserves may be depleted, and finding the motivation to get up and at ‘em can be very difficult. Acupuncture stimulates blood flow and energy around your body so that you’ve got more energy to do the things you love, as well those less-fun obligations.
4. Beat a migraine
Those who suffer migraines will tell you it’s absolutely debilitating. For many, painkillers worsen the effects, and the only solution is a dark and quiet room. Research has shown that after as few as 12 acupuncture sessions, patients experience fewer and less-severe migraine attacks.
5. Relieve PMS
PMS occurs in two out of three women and can include irritability, tension, unhappiness, insomnia, emotional sensitivity, bloating, cramps and constipation. Acupuncture can relieve period pain and mood swings by reducing mental and physiological stress in the body, correcting hormonal imbalances, purging blood clots and calming the mind and body.
With a busy schedule, there’s often not much opportunity to take time out and revitalise, but a one-hour acupuncture session once a week—or even a couple of times a month—can usually be slotted into the calendar without much effort. The benefits are clear, and the investment is well worth it.
Find out how traditional Chinese medicine can help other female complaints or how it can help with fertility and IVF support.