Most of us would say “yes please” to having more energy. In the West, an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, high sugar/processed food diet, high stress levels and lack of rest and self care; are playing havoc with our Qi flow.
Some of the most common symptoms presented in my clinic are tiredness, stress, sluggish digestion/IBS symptoms, insomnia, muscular tension/joint pain, headaches, high blood pressure, and weight problems.
Our Stomach and Spleen are not only centrally located in our body (perhaps not just a coincidence) but are central to our whole wellbeing, mentally and physically. They are responsible for the transformation and transportation of our food and drink, to nourish our cells with the best nutrients for our health. If we have a poor diet, eat irregularly, overeat, are under lots of stress, and don’t move our body as much as we should, we will not be properly nourished. This will result in our Qi not moving freely, and the compromised functioning of our mind and body. This can result in the symptoms mentioned above, and if not addressed over the longer term, can damage our health and our immunity against more serious illness.
So…what is the point I ask? Well of course I’m talking acupuncture points! One of the most regularly used points in my clinic is “Zusanli” which translates as Leg Three Miles. This dynamic point, on the stomach meridian, is a hugely important point in regulating the function of the Stomach and Spleen; and as a result, our mind and body as a whole. It has such a wide variety of benefits, including the following:
- Promotes Qi, Blood and Body Fluids to flow more freely in the whole body;
- Balances Yin and Yang, excess and deficiency conditions;
- Improves energy levels;
- Regulates digestion and helps intestinal problems, e.g. indigestion, acid reflux, constipation, loose stools, nausea, vomiting, intestinal inflammation, Ulcerative Colitis, abdominal pain;
- Regulates blood pressure (high & low);
- Releases endorphins and induces relaxation, used for depression, low mood and managing stress levels;
- Helps knee pain, reduces lower limb oedema and strengthens the legs;
- Benefits muscles and tendons;
- Helps frontal headaches;
- Strengthens the immune system;
- Raises Qi – particularly important in the elderly and those who have suffered long illness or debilitation. I also use this point in my facial acupuncture to help lift the facial muscles, and brighten the eyes!
All of this from one acupuncture point I hear you ask? Well yes…it is that amazing! These are just some of the examples of what it is used for. Contact me to find out more about how acupuncture can help you! 🙂