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Acupuncture Seattle for Adolescents

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Pre-teens, teens and young adults are one of the age groups were acupuncture Seattle works so effectively.  In the United States as in many developed nations, many in these segments of the population suffer from depression, anxiety, anger, sleeplessness and stress due to the way of life people in these countries live; filled with pressure and stress.

In terms of health, adolescents are in their prime and their body tends to heal faster than most age groups.  A body, which has the ability to heal fast usually has the most to benefit from acupuncture because acupuncture works so effectively with people whose immune system is in top shape.  Another reason why acupuncture works extremely well for adolescents is that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believes that children are pure yang.  Yang in essence is a transformative force and that is what adolescents practically are; transformative bodies.  This age group has the fastest growth spurts and their physiology literally changes by months or even days.  In terms of healing, that is a good thing because as adolescents grow, they also heal quickly.

However, too much of a good thing can have drawbacks as well.  TCM believes that changes entail a smooth energy flow and quick changes can also entail forced adaptations to these changes especially with the environment.  As kids become adolescents, they need to adapt not only to their physiological metamorphoses, they also need to adapt to the increasing stress of school and peer relationships.  Sudden spurts of hormonal growth also entail changes in emotions, energy and desires with emphasis on desire.  This causes in them mental and emotional health issues.  So then, another reason why acupuncture is so effective on adolescents is that acupuncture affects the biochemical mechanism of the brain.

Countless studies have verified that acupuncture stimulates production of endorphins, enkephalins and other beneficial chemicals in the brain, causing a calming effect.  Because of this, acupuncture is an excellent therapy for those suffering from extreme emotions such as stress, anxiety, depression, and panic attacks.

This is good news for parents who earnestly want to help their kid’s growing pains in a less radical and safe way, especially when their kid is experiencing anger or depression.  Parents usually are aware of the inherent dangers of medications (side-effects and dependency) and they desire a more natural and less harmful approach to helping their growing child.

The fact is that acupuncture is a very safe and effective treatment for anger, anxiety and depression.  It does calm and relaxes the patient and is a very good removal of stress.  In an age were exotic things such as tattoos are all the rage, acupuncture is virtually a novel and cool experience that only helps in making the child healthier physically and emotionally.

Written by Valerie

June 19th, 2011 at 8:16 am

How to Prepare for an Seattle Acupuncture Treatment

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It’s likely that you have heard of acupuncture, and you may even know someone who has experienced it. Bellvue acupuncture is the attempt to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific anatomical points on the body. If you’re considering trying this alternative medical system yourself, for a condition that is chronic, or one where Western medicine seems to have failed you, here are some ideas for approaching your choice.

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in China and Asia. However, it doesn’t follow a Western European method of disease diagnosis and treatment, so it is useful to study this method before seeking treatment

  • Read about it in books or magazines.
  • Talk to an acupuncture practitioner, or to someone who has successfully used it.
  • Read information on suitable websites, such as government health departments or traditional Chinese medicine schools with a good reputation.
  • Decide if you can trust or accept this methodology. If you are extremely adverse to trying it, no one can or should convince you to do so. However, if you are convinced it might work for you, or you’re feeling desperate for another treatment route, acupuncture might be helpful. Acupuncture can relieve pain and reduce symptoms or help restore a balance to your system. Only you can decide if it is worth giving it a try.
  • Be wary of anyone who claims it can cure anything more substantial, however, as it doesn’t cure cancer and cannot save you from an incurable illness.

If you have decided to try acupuncture, see if it is covered by your insurance plan or your health system’s welfare coverage. Your doctor might have to refer you for treatment to get it covered. Discuss this idea with your doctor first if you wish. If it’s not covered, decide if you can afford to pay for it on your own.

  • Find a qualified practitioner. Depending on where you live, you might easily find a qualified acupuncture doctor, or you may not. You will need to check if acupuncture is regulated where you live; a state, province, or region may or may not certify such doctors, making it harder for you to know whether or not your acupuncturist is reputable.
  • If you are having difficulties finding out, inquire in a local Oriental medicine clinic or college for more information.
  • If you know of people who have had successful treatments, ask for their recommendation.
  • Always ask to see the credentials.

Acupuncture is a structure in which you will be given a series of up to 20 treatments of up to an hour each, spread out over several weeks. There will usually be a day or two between each treatment. Acupuncture focuses on treating overall well-being and not just the symptoms, taking a holistic approach.

Written by Valerie

October 5th, 2010 at 9:42 pm