Acupuncture: Are You Missing Your Alarm Completely?

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The chirping of the alarm barely rouses you enough to pry one arm out from under the blanket. Your hand automatically navigates its way to the bedside nightstand and inches its way to the alarm clock, a move ingrained by years of repetition.
Despite your best intentions of arising on time, not only do you sleep through the first alarm, but somehow manage to hit the snooze button twice more, rationalizing to yourself that you don’t need that much time to get ready for work anyway.
Finally, the Critical Alert goes off in your head. GET UP NOW OR GET FIRED!
Or better yet, with the change in time last weekend, are you waking up an hour earlier because your inner clock hasn’t reset itself?
Either way, you shower at hyper-speed, grab breakfast on the run, and you’re out the door. You notice your blood pressure is through the roof and you’re still tired, feeling unrested. The problem in this scenario is not that you ignored your alarm or woke up too early. And you did that day after day after day until finally your whole life has been thrown so far out of balance that you simply can not recover once you hit that tipping point.
Unfortunately, the same story is played out every day by those of us who ignore our own internal “alarms”, otherwise known as symptoms. You see, symptoms are your body’s warning systems, built in to alert you of a potential crisis.
What are your options when symptoms arise?
First, you could choose to do nothing, which is what most people do for a little while. Many hope that by ignoring the problem, it will somehow go away. Even if the pain eventually subsides, the underlying cause rarely resolves on its own.
When ignoring the problem proves ineffective, your next course of action might be to seek medicinal assistance. Unfortunately, medicating a symptom is like hitting the snooze on the alarm. It just delays the inevitable, which eventually you will have to address in a sensible, effective manner.
That brings us to your third option: Acupuncture. The focus of acupuncture is to remove meridian system blockages and imbalances within the body, allowing the free flow of the body’s energy. Symptoms don’t exist in the absence of an underlying imbalance. Eliminate the cause and the symptom goes away once and for all. Please consider calling your local acupuncturist and find out what is means to wake up just in time and feel rested and renewed every morning!