Curepoint Acupuncture in Bristol

Acupuncture for teachers

As a teacher, you will probably tend to suffer from particular health problems that are due to the demands of your profession. These will tend to be problems related to your lungs. From the Chinese Medicine point of view, what is happening here and how can acupuncture help you?

Typical health problems

When you are talking for many hours of each day, and doing this at a raised volume, this will tend to deplete your ‘Lung energy’ (a Chinese Medicine concept). Over time, once your Lung energy has become depleted to a certain level, you will probably develop some of the following symptoms:

  • chronic cough
  • frequent colds and flu
  • low immunity to infections in general
  • sinus problems
  • frequent loss of voice; hoarse voice
  • dry mouth and throat
  • shortness of breath on exertion
  • feel the cold more than other people
  • asthma; wheezing
  • weak voice and lack of desire to talk
  • spontaneous daytime sweats
  • generally feeling weak and tired
  • energy lag at about 3pm each day

(in Chinese Medicine, we recognise that each of the organs is at a peak and a trough at different times of the day. With the Lungs, they are at their weakest between 3-5pm. This is why, when your Lung energy is depleted, you will tend to feel tired at about 3pm.)

Further, when your Lung energy is low, this will tend to lead to other energetic problems as you draw on your body’s other resources to compensate. This may involve you developing problems related to your Kidney, Spleen, or Liver energy. The symptoms involved here would be wide-ranging and would vary from person to person. They might include digestive problems, headache or migraine, more serious asthma, palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, fluctuating emotions, depression, and so on.

The good news is that Traditional Chinese acupuncture can treat all these problems.

Addressing these problems using acupuncture

Acupuncture is a complete healthcare system that has stood the test of time. It works by redirecting your body’s own ‘energy’, which is a natural healing method that is extremely safe and does not have any of the side-effects that are associated with drug treatments. This ‘energy’ (known as ‘Qi’—pronounced ‘chee’), flows throughout your entire body, travelling through a network of channels which flow up and down your arms and legs and through your abdomen where they connect with all your major organs. Acupuncture stimulates the energy in these channels in order to change the way that your major organs function, and by doing this the treatments aim to remove the underlying causes of your health problem, which then allows your symptoms to clear from your body naturally. This approach is known as holistic healing.

After your acupuncture treatment

Once the treatments have restored your Lung energy, and corrected any other problems, you should be clear of any of the symptoms mentioned above. And as a bonus, people who receive acupuncture treatment usually also say that they feel better within themselves and have more vitality and enthusiasm for life.

Alternative treatment options

In contrast to this, systems like Western medicine drug treatments merely aim to suppress the symptoms of your illness—regarding the symptom as being the problem and looking no further than that. This approach can sometimes provide a short-term quick fix, but the problem is that it leaves the underlying causes intact, and in the long run often causes patients to become gradually more and more ill, the longer they continue to use such treatments.

For more detailed information about acupuncture, please see What is acupuncture