GABRIELLE KATER | BOULDER CO AND MAUI HI
Internal medicine refers to issues that occur within the body systems or organs. Acupuncture and herbal medicine make a great team when it comes to treating our bodies holistically from the inside out.
The gut is the cornerstone to our overall health. Within our digestive tract, an entire second nervous system (the enteric nervous system) and a vast microbiome (our healthy bacteria) react and respond to our daily stresses, illnesses, and changes. Because of this, our gut health can impact not just our digestion, but our immune function, nervous system, skin, hormone balance, and even our emotional state. Chinese medicine is famous for the attention it places on gut health and harmony to diagnose issues and restore a person back to health.
Allergies and Immune Health
Our bodies are amazing regenerative and protective warriors. Sometimes, however, they need a little help to stay on top of it all. Allergies, frequent colds or flus, autoimmune disorders, and other immune weaknesses are signs that the body’s ability to defend itself needs some attention. Acupuncture and herbal medicine help to restore the body’s natural ability to properly defend itself, while helping to kick infections and illnesses to the curb (often by increasing T-cells, the body’s natural infection killers). Regular acupuncture visits also have a powerful preventative effect, allowing you to stay healthy year-round.
Quality sleep is crucial for quality health. Sleep is necessary for regeneration and healing, as well as mood balance, hormone balance, and stress reduction. Unfortunately, quality sleep can be hard to come by for many. In most cases, acupuncture can be used to relax the mind, reduce stress and anxiety, improve circulation, release endorphins, and encourage a natural sleep-wake cycle. However, there are endless reasons why someone may suffer from insomnia or poor sleep. No matter the origin, acupuncture pinpoints the root cause to address the issue head on.
Acupuncture has a powerful effect on the nervous system. By stimulating nerve tissues and the brain, acupuncture can be used in a wide variety of neurological health concerns. Acupuncture treatment works by releasing neurotransmitters, opioids, and endorphins, thereby reducing pain sensitivity and calming inflammation. These effects make acupuncture a sought-after treatment for issues such as neuropathies, trigeminal neuralgia, Bell’s palsy, migraines, sinus headaches, stress, menstrual pain, shingles, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, and other degenerative diseases.