Be the change you want to see in yourself

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” As much as I love the sentiment, that’s a pretty tall order. Are you being the change you want to see in yourself? We are, after all, our own toughest critics.

While we have an opportunity to start over every day, we only get one go around in this life, and just one body to live in. You owe it to yourself, and to the other people that love you and hold you accountable for any number of things, to take care of yourself and your body.

A number of people come to us when they’ve tried what we consider more “conventional” medicine, but haven’t found the results they’re looking for. Others come to us because they don’t want to take medications for the long term, or are trying other options for healing before having surgery. And an increasing number of women are coming to us for help with fertility issues, which acupuncture is becoming increasingly recognized for.

Just the other week, a client called with the good news that she was pregnant. Five doctors told her it wasn’t possible, but she wasn’t ready to give up. When we spoke, she gave credit to God and to acupuncture. She deserved to give some of the credit to herself, also. She refused to give up on a dream that she and her husband shared, and she drove 90 minutes each way for her sessions, followed the recommended diet (most of the time), and took the herbs that we suggested for her. She made the change she wanted to see in her own life happen, and it started by deciding the change would start now, and picking up the phone. We quickly saw some of the changes her body needed to make to get into a better state of health so she could foster a healthy pregnancy. It did take some time for her to get pregnant. Each month there would be the excitement of the promise of maybe, and the disappointment of not yet. But she didn’t give up, and she just recently heard the heartbeat for the first time.

Healing takes time. There’s no silver bullet, and sometimes progress plateaus. Acupuncture is like dieting or starting an exercise regimen in that regard. You might go from a pain level of eight to a two after your first treatment, and start to climb back up before your next session. That’s to be expected as your body works to get to a higher level of health. Just getting there isn’t enough, you have to maintain. And we encourage doing more than just receiving acupuncture treatments – diet, certain exercises, drinking plenty of water, getting rest, taking time for yourself each day, and possibly taking herbs or vitamins all contribute to your overall health.

If you’re tired of living in pain, not sleeping enough, suffering with allergies, or other chronic conditions, or if you’re fortunate enough to be in good health and want to support that, we’d love to hear from you and be part of your journey. If you’re in the Nashville area, take the first step to be the change you want to see in yourself, and set up an appointment. If you don’t live nearby, but have questions about acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, or health in general, send us a message – we’re happy to answer those questions for you.

Feeling less than great simply isn’t good enough.

You can reach us at 615-939-2787 or through this site.

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