Acupuncture For the Summer
Thinking that since the sun's out, the needles can be put down for a few months?
Well, yes, we often do feel better during the summer as most of us take breaks from our daily lives with vacations, get-togethers, and long pool days.
However, continuing acupuncture treatments during the summer can actually help you enjoy your summer activities even more.
How? Read on!
Seasonal Allergies: Summer is a common time for allergies to (continue to) flare up due to increased pollen and other environmental allergens. Acupuncture can be helpful in managing allergy symptoms by balancing the body's energy and reducing inflammation.
Stress Relief: Summer can be a busy and potentially stressful time for many people, with vacations, family gatherings, and other activities. Acupuncture is known to promote relaxation and reduce stress by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good hormones.
Energy Regulation: In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that the body's energy, or qi, can become imbalanced during different seasons. Summer is associated with the fire element and the heart meridian, according to this system. Acupuncture can help regulate the flow of qi and balance the body's energy, promoting overall well-being.
Musculoskeletal Issues: Summer often involves increased physical activity and outdoor pursuits. Acupuncture can be useful in addressing musculoskeletal conditions like joint pain, muscle strains, and sports injuries, providing pain relief and promoting faster healing.
Skin Conditions: Acupuncture can help with summer skin rashes and other skin conditions (including nasty bug bites!) aggravated during the warmer weather of the summer. Here are a few ways in which acupuncture may potentially be beneficial for skin health:
A. Stress reduction: Stress can worsen various skin conditions, including rashes and inflammation. Acupuncture has been reported to have stress-reducing effects by promoting relaxation and balancing the nervous system. By reducing stress levels, acupuncture may help improve certain skin conditions indirectly.
B. Immune system regulation: Acupuncture is thought to have an immunomodulatory effect, meaning it can help regulate the immune system. Skin conditions often involve an immune system response, and acupuncture may potentially support immune function and help reduce inflammation.
C. Pain relief and itching reduction: Acupuncture has been known to have analgesic (pain-relieving) effects and may help alleviate discomfort associated with skin conditions. It may also help reduce itching, which can be a symptom of various skin issues.
C. Increased blood circulation: Acupuncture is believed to improve blood circulation. Enhanced blood flow can potentially promote healing and nourishment of the skin, aiding in the resolution of certain skin conditions.
Interested in learning more? Feel free to reach out to us at 703-848-1980.