Stephanie Ann Davis MAFPA,
Dip Ac, Cert Ac, Lic Ac Nanjing

New Year Resolutions

If you are intent on improving your health this year, acupuncture and Chinese medicine may be the very thing you need to “stick” to those resolutions. Nowhere is this support more needed than when those New Year Resolutions involve overcoming food cravings, especially sugar.

Sugar cravings go beyond satisfying a simple physiological need. They include a mind-body connection that involves complex chemical cascades of hormones and neurotransmitters hurtling along a path of ever diminishing returns to chronic poor health and even serious illness. And yes, acupuncture can help eliminate those cravings and set you on the path to well-being for good.

How can Acupuncture help with sugar cravings? Acupuncture provides unparalleled support in overcoming and eliminating cravings as it works on many levels – psychological and emotional as well as physical. Treatments are tailored to suit each individual so that the root of the problem is addressed as well as the symptoms.

  • Acupuncture reduces cravings and helps overcome addiction
  • It boosts the immune function
  • It helps regulate metabolism
  • It soothes stress and calms the emotions
  • It supports the digestion

Reduces Cravings: Acupuncture helps to relieve cravings because endorphins, a body chemical, are naturally released during treatment. Endorphins are often called the ‘happy hormones’ as they reduce cravings, ease symptoms of withdrawal and increase feelings of relaxation. Support from acupuncture not only helps to eliminate cravings through the natural release of endorphins but it can also increase the will power to overcome them.

Restores Digestive Balance: Very often the digestive system will have suffered from the yo-yo of sugar addiction and food cravings. Ongoing symptoms such as bloating, gas, heartburn, constipation or diarrhoea are all signs that the digestive energy is out of balance. Restoring proper digestive function ensures that you are getting the nutrients you need from your food so you feel less hungry and less anxious.

Boosts the Immune System : Acupuncture boosts the immune system. The immune system can become compromised when we eat a lot of sugar in our diet. Restoring the balance in the immune system is very important for a healthy life and to avoid certain chronic illness associated with auto-inflammatory and auto-immune diseases.
Regulates Metabolism: Acupuncture can help to regulate metabolism and help stabilize blood sugar levels by stimulating the thyroid and endocrine glands as your body adjusts to the changes in your diet and exercise.
Calms Stress & Emotions: During the withdrawal process lethargy and lack of will power can sometimes set in when struggling alone to overcome sugar cravings and it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Acupuncture is very effective in soothing stress and helping to calm the mind and emotions allowing you to remain constructive and achieve success once and for all.

How many treatments?
The number of acupuncture treatments necessary depends on the state of your health, your age, and on your goals and your commitment to a new, healthier lifestyle. In general, in the beginning it is important to come for consistent weekly or bi-weekly treatments to help get you started. Once you are feeling comfortable with your plan, the number of treatments will decrease anywhere from one to two visits a month.

Wishing you success, peace and well-being in 2013!


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