There comes a time in one’s life where stress gets the best of us, people get the best of us, life gets the best of us. Sometimes this comes on suddenly like a thief in the night and other times things progressively head south over an extended period of time. Whether this is a mental issue, or a physical issue is indifferent they both lead to the land of blah. We try to self medicate with exercise, wine, sleep etc but nothing seems to be able to reset us back to that once calm, centered state we were in before.
I’ve been there and back. I’ve tried numerous avenues to reset myself like mentioned above but none of which gave me any solid results. It was frustrating and draining. After my failed attempts I decided to try a holistic approach as I had heard numerous friends talk about the power of acupuncture, supplements and oil. All sounded like voodoo to me… but I decided if this has been around since ancient times let’s give it a try.
I started visiting a Naturopathic doctor last summer. What I loved immediately is she addressed the whole of me. She didn’t just go straight to what my issue at hand was she dug deeper and instead analyzed the whole. After a bout of blood work and various other less invasive tests we sat down and went through the results. What was really interesting is that what we found were areas of weakness in the body. But those areas of weakness were not what my perceived issues were. What I learned though is how closely related functions of the body are. If one is weak it can affect a whole different part of you.
After review we started acupuncture to balance out my body and strengthen my pulse. I proceeded to get accupuncture treatments twice a month for about 5 months. It was like a glorified nap for 20 minutes while I “baked” with needles stuck in me. Seriously though they don’t hurt and if positioned right you can almost feel the energy circulating your body. In addition I started taking what I now consider essential supplements with a myriad of benefits: Magnesium Lactate, liquid Vitamin D3, supplements to balance my blood sugar levels (they were a bit wacky), and L-theanine in liquid form to help with stress. At first I was a bit skeptical as supplements are not cheap. But as I started taking these I could literally feel the change. My mood was lifted (thanks to the Magnesium), I felt stronger, less ornery and less stressed. In addition to the supplements, I also carried my lavender essential oil everywhere…. you can never get too calm when you have a Type A personality!
Finally after those 5 months were up I decided to discontinue the acupuncture (for financial reasons… it is not cheap…) but I have continued to use the supplements with great results. I am nowhere near that funk I used to be and just feel more balanced and ready to take on the world.
Moral of this story is, sometime life throws lemons at you. Use that opportunity to dig deeper and explore other options. You don’t have to live feeling less than great. What is awesome about naturopathic medicine is it is natural… you are not adding chemicals or other crap into your body to try to band aid a deeper issue. You are healing yourself from the inside out. Balance. Strength. Power. Beauty.
Have you tried Naturopathic medicine? What was your experience like? Would you recommend it?