Cultivating Good Health
This is the first in a series of 3 or 4 newsletters with the theme of cultivating good health.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has a concept called Zheng Qi, loosely translated as Upright Qi. It is the vibrant energy coming from those who live a healthy life. Health is often a lifestyle choice — little “right” decisions that incrementally build health.
Upright Qi is cultivated. But how? The first step is getting adequate restful sleep. Past generations used to average 9 hours of sleep nightly. Nowadays, people often tell me that they only sleep 6-7 hours nightly. Predictably, they do not awaken refreshed.
Here are just a few benefits of good sleep:
- It improves and consolidates memory. It is very important to sleep well before a school exam!
- Sleep also guides our decisions, allowing us to tap into our intuition.
- Sleep regulates ghrelin and leptin, the hormones responsible for the feeling of hunger and satiety. Lack of sleep upsets these hormones leading to weight gain.
- During sleep, fluids in the brain wash away dangerous waste materials, such as amyloid beta. Amyloid beta is a protein produced in the brain that is implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease, a dreaded form of dementia.
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How Acupuncture Helps:
According to TCM theory, insomnia is a sign of an imbalance of Qi, the active energy of life. This imbalance can stem from a number of causes such as stress, anxiety, medications, depression, and chronic pain.
- Health equates to energetic equilibrium. Acupuncture restores the normal flow of energy to restore balance.
- It works by addressing the body as a whole.
- Acupuncture reduces stress, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, depression and pain.
- Acupuncture is drug-free.