Um...what. The magic wand! Everyone has heard of acupuncture’s magical healing powers, why not a magic wand. Totally joking but there is something I ask all my patients when they first come in and that is: If you had a magic wand and could make one thing go away, what would it be. Often patients come in with a litany of health complaints and many other times just one or two, but their intake reveals that they are struggling with many issues. What I want to know is, what is the thing that is bothering them the most, what is affecting their lives on a day to day basis. This lets me home in on the main problem and tackle that problem first. And you know what, when that one problem gets better, many of the patient’s other complaints get better as well. Almost as if...by magic!
One problem affecting many things
Take back pain for example. This can have a huge impact on someone’s life and is something I commonly treat. But once the patients back pain starts to get better, they start to sleep better, they have more energy, they can exercise, they don’t have those few drinks at the end of the day, and they find they are making better food choices. This is a huge shift in someone’s life and can have a huge impact on their health. All from one problem.
Acupuncture affects the body globally
The other piece of this is that acupuncture can affect the entire body. So, while I may be treating and targeting the low back for a patient, the treatment will reduce inflammation and increase circulation in the entire body. The endorphins that are stimulated will circulate through the entire body. So, while there are “ancillary” effects due to the reduction of back pain in our example, acupuncture treatment can have a primary effect on symptoms other than the chief complaint.
So, bring me all of your problems, I’m ready with my magic wand! Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine offers a 30 minute, no risk, no obligation consultation. We can even do it from the comfort of your own home, over the phone or via video conference.
Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!