“Stressful times call for stressful measures.” No, wait. That can’t be right… But now that we are talking about stress, what do you do in times of stress? Do you use acupuncture and herbal medicine fully to help your sleep, your worrying, your digestion, and your mood? Do you take care of yourself with diet? How about some movement? How do you care for yourself in stressful times?
A patient came in recently who had been unable to come in for acupuncture for awhile. After the treatment, she said, ‘Oh, thank you. I feel great. I had forgotten how good I feel when I get acupuncture.’
Oriah Mountain Dreamer writes about her daily practice in ‘The Invitation.’ In it, she says that she has a daily practice not because she needs help getting through the good days, but because she knows that her daily practice is what will get her through the tough days. Acupuncture should be a part of your practice.
You might consider adding a weekly or biweekly or monthly ‘practice’ of getting acupuncture to help de-stress your life. If finances and time are particular constraints, treatment intervals can be adjusted through appropriate use of Chinese herbal medicine or essential oils.