People with chronic pain or serious health issues are often reliant on medications to be able to function in their daily lives. While these medications are typically both helpful and necessary they sometimes come with unwanted–and in many cases severe–side effects. This makes the medications difficult to tolerate and may begin to defeat the purpose of why they were taken in the first place. When these side effects become prevalent and intolerable it’s easy to feel discouraged. Fortunately there is no reason to lose hope, as there are many options available for someone in search of alternative treatments and acupuncture to reduce medication side effects in Tucson.
For centuries acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been used to treat illness and pain, as well as restore health safely and effectively. In modern medicine today, acupuncture and TCM can be helpful in reducing side effects produced by medications that need to be taken for long periods of time or indefinitely. It can also sometimes allow a patient to use less of the medication(s), while receiving the same results that one would see from the higher dosage, allowing patients to transition into a life without medication dependence.
Acupuncture and TCM
Unlike Western medicine, in TCM the body and its various interacting functions are always considered as a whole. The various diagnoses and treatments are focused on keeping things running as naturally and normally as possible, so every symptom is considered when developing a treatment strategy. In Chinese Medicine it’s not okay to have some functions of the body running well at the expense of other functions or systems, instead it must be balanced and harmonious–not functioning in excess or with deficiencies.
Acupuncture can safely and significantly help the body reduce some of the side effects of needed medications, as well as reduce the effects of various kinds of stress and manage pain. This then allows the mind and body to have more available energy for healing and general health. Acupuncture focuses on correcting bodily imbalances by stimulating specific points on the body with needles, promoting better circulation of energy within the body. This in turn assists the body in functioning more harmoniously and efficiently, reducing problems with medication side effects and potentially allowing for smaller required doses. Insertion is made with tiny needles and is typically painless. Treatments are designed to be relaxing and pleasant, as well as stress reducing.
Using Acupuncture and TCM to Reduce Side Effects
In TCM there are diagnostic patterns referred to as ‘taxation of organ systems’. For example, if a particular pharmaceutical medicine is used to treat a specific condition such as inflammation, it might be processed by the liver. In TCM the liver and its Meridian are responsible for controlling the muscle and tendon tightness as well as certain aspects of digestion and sleep, among other functions. The liver also includes certain emotional components such as anger, irritability and depression. Therefore a medication that “taxes” the liver can create adverse effects on many other body functions with wide ranging health implications. TCM treatment in this case would involve techniques to support liver function self-treatment and might consist of harmonizing the liver with the body as a whole and reducing stagnation. This would then allow the actual organ to become stronger and function efficiently, thus eliminating side effects that could become problematic or even unhealthy.
Lowering Required Dosages with Acupuncture and TCM
Alleviating or eliminating unwanted side effects and boosting overall health and wellness is no small victory, but reducing the dosage of required medications is an uncommon treatment success. By using TCM and acupuncture and taking advantage of whole body wellness that are central to these treatments one can harmonize bodily function and strengthen the body and immune system. When steps are taken to promote health, harmony, and bodily function medications will in turn be able to be used more efficiently in the body, allowing for smaller and less frequent doses, potentially allowing for a patient to wean themselves off of a medication on which they were once dependent. Relying less on medications can in turn have far reaching mental and emotional benefits and further promote wellness.
Acupuncture and TCM: A Boost to your Treatment Plan
Treating pain and illness can be a stressful endeavor and no there are no one size fits all treatment plans. Medications designed to combat chronic pain and illness interact with bodies differently and as such it’s important to keep in mind all options for maintaining whole body wellness. Acupuncture and TCM can be powerful additions to your treatment strategy and pathways to freedom from struggles with side effects and medication dependence.