"Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world." - Lao Tzu (Stephen Mitchell translation)
Calming the mind and spirit in the face of illness and life challenges is one of the biggest gifts of acupuncture. It is often the last stop or suggestion for people facing major life events or challenges to their health. They have tried everything else, there is no pill, or there is no answer at this time that can resolve the issue. Sometimes a reduction in anxiety, or a lessening in the waves of depression can offer comfort that makes a difference in daily life and function.
We are an anxiety riddled culture. There is non-stop influx of imagery and information. You can literally become lost in it, from journal articles to studies and blogs. Acupuncture holds the space to reacquaint yourself with the workings of your body, mind, and spirit. Each treatment is designed with your constitution or pattern in mind. Points are used like gates and doors to allow better energy flow within the body. They access the mind and spirit to help remind you of who you are.
It may not take pain away completely, sometimes it just improves the mood around the pain. It can present the body a message to offer the mind and spirit a taste of calm. Some of us have not felt that in so long it can feel like flying. Weight is lifted from the shoulders and the breathe eases. While acupuncture may not be able to change your circumstances, it may help you find the space within yourself to cope, adjust, get peaceful, and change what you are able to.