By Emily Paul

Pain is something everyone can relate to.  Be it physical, mental, or emotional – pain does not discriminate.  Whatever your gender, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, nationality, socio-economic status, chances are you have experienced pain at some point in your life.  If you have been one of the few that has not experienced pain, you have likely supported someone else through a period of pain.  We all have some connection to pain.  In fact, as I write this, the emotional pain associated with trauma and terror is in the forefront again with the deadly shootings in Las Vegas, Nevada.  While pain impacts us in many different ways, acupuncture has the ability to help mitigate pain in a myriad ways.

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The way that pain affects us and our response to it is unique to each individual.  Some individuals seek help immediately, many prefer to tend to the ailment themselves, which often means waiting to see if the pain will simply go away.   For some that works, until it becomes too much to bear – our daily activities hindered or an inability to think straight because emotions are swirling so intensely in our mind and body that we do not know what to do and wonder how we can go on like this.

Often, it is a combination of physical and emotional symptoms of pain that force us to break out of our shell and ask for help.  Taking that first step is important.  Reaching out for help is huge.  Acupuncture is not always the first option people seek, but is often an option that renders results.  Finding support can mean gaining clarity of mind, lessening the intensity of pain, shortening the duration, or perhaps preventing further illness or dis-ease as a result of untended pain. Reaching out for support may address all of this.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be fantastic in overcoming physical pain and helping the body to heal in a positive way.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can also help restore balance to the body to better overcome emotional and mental pain.

According to the Neijing, one of the ancient texts for Chinese Medicine, pain and emotional disorders are related.  The way acupuncture and Chinese herbs work with the individual as a whole enables a multi-pronged approach to relief.  What a different life experience if people would consider acupuncture as a first or second option in their treatment of pain.

If you or someone you know is struggling with pain – be it acute pain or chronic pain, physical or emotional, consider acupuncture as an option.  At GoodMedizen, our skilled team of acupuncturists are here to support you.  Not ready to schedule your first visit, that’s okay, we offer a complimentary consultation.  Come in and meet with a practitioner to discuss how we might help you overcome your pain.