Acupuncture generally has side effects such Asa helping you sleep better… And when administered by a licensed acupuncturist, the risks are minor. Acupuncture works well for anxiety (with regular visits at the right frequency).
"In 2011, an estimated 722,000 patients contracted an infection during a stay in an acute care hospital in the US, and about 75,000 of them died as a result of it.
That amounts to just over 205 deaths from hospital-acquired infections every day of the year! More than half of all hospital-acquired infections were contracted outside of the intensive care unit. The most common hospital-acquired infections include:
Central line-associated bloodstream infections
Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
Surgical site infections after surgery
Clostridium difficile infections
Other infectious diseases can also easily spread in medical settings, where those who are actively ill mingle with others who have compromised immune systems. For example, in early February, a measles outbreak suddenly cropped up in the northern Manhattan area of New York City.”
When my clients tell me that they are considering surgery, I don’t want to dissuade them, but I do want them to understand the risks. I see a lot of folks for whom surgery was not a great option. Either it did not help, or it made things worse!
Of course, it is a biased sample. I don’t see the folks who had surgery and now are better. Still, I am shocked how many people come in with the same story of being pushed into surgery without a great understanding of the risks. Read this article if you or a loved one is considering surgery!! Acupuncture has a much lower incidence of adverse effects and can be pretty effective over time (with the right amount of treatment). It is cost-effective and the side effects are often an improvement in unrelated conditions!!
I have learned the power of spending this time first thing in the morning for myself. Whether I meditate or write in my journal, my approach to each day has changed. I no longer feel compelled to get back to folks right away and I stopped using my phone in the car. In addition, my productivity and patience has increased. I have a stronger focus on one thing at a time, which helps me get much more done. I am no longer frustrated when I do not hear from important contacts or things are not moving along as fast as I would like. While it’s not always easy and nothing is ever perfect, each day I see improvements in myself as well as my work.
Now it’s your turn! Dedicate one week to this five-minute practice. Take it day by day, and before you know it, you will have a new incredibly-beneficial habit that will permeate through all aspects of your life.
The Five-Minute Meditation:
Lay or sit in a comfortable position. Turn on soothing music that does not have lyrics.
Close your eyes and begin to take deep breaths through your nose and out your nose. Feel all the tension and thoughts melt away.
Begin to count during each breath. Inhale for a five-count. Hold your breath for a five-count. Then exhale for a five-count.
Continue that breathing pattern for the five minutes.
If thoughts start to arise, acknowlege them like birds flying by. Always come back to your breath and focus on the counting.
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”Acupuncture was equivalent to what we defined as conventional medicine standard care, which was strong oral analgesia, such as Endone, Panadeine Forte, Voltaren and Valium,” he said. Dr Ben-Meir, director of Cabrini Hospital’s emergency department, said the randomised controlled study of about 550 patients also found that the combination of acupuncture with standard pharmaceutical care delivered equivalent pain relief to acupuncture alone or standard care alone. The emergency physician who studied acupuncture nine years ago and has since used it on patients at Epworth and Cabrini said the results aligned with his own experience of its efficacy for acute pain. He said it was particularly good for people who did not want drugs, such as pregnant women, and for those whose pain was not relieved by Western medicine. ”I find acupuncture doesn’t always help all patients, but occasionally it’s the thing that really shifts them and gets them home and gets their symptoms resolved,” he said. ”It has an effect, there’s no doubt about that. It’s just, when do you use it? How often? Which points? And who delivers it? There’s a lot to be thought about and analysed before something like this is a standard therapy.” The director of emergency medicine at The Alfred hospital, De Villiers Smit, said although he was initially sceptical about acupuncture, the study convinced him it was safe and effective in improving pain management. He said study participants treated with acupuncture also tended to leave hospital earlier, suggesting it sped up emergency department care. Another chief investigator of the project - the head of the school of health sciences at RMIT and a registered Chinese medicine practitioner, Professor Charlie Xue - said the study showed a very low rate of minor adverse events, such as bleeding at the needling sites.