In winter, the shorter days and colder temperatures can leave many people feeling a bit low. This, along with a peak in cold and flu viruses and the effects of burning the candle at both ends over Christmas, can result in many people feeling out of sorts in January. This additional stress can lead to both physical symptoms such as indigestion and emotional symptoms such as insomnia and anxiety.
Traditional Chinese Medicine states that our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy, known as Qi, moving in a smooth and balanced way through the body. For any number of reasons, including emotional stress and overwork the body can become unbalanced, interrupting the flow of Qi which can lead to illness.
Acupuncturists treat the mind and body as one, rather than as separate entities, so as well as identifying imbalances in the body, they will also provide dietary and lifestyle advice to help boost overall health and wellbeing.
Lisa Sherman, acupuncturist and British Acupuncture Council member says 'You don't have to feel under the weather in January. Traditional acupuncture is ideal for kick starting the year as it can help you to shrug off a cold that won't shift, increase energy levels and improve sleep quality as well as boost general wellbeing.
'Acupuncture needles act like switches in the body's circuits, freeing up stagnant energy and getting it flowing. Your acupuncturist will also work with you help you make lifestyle changes so after a session you will feel motivated and ready to start the year with a bang'
To find a practitioner in your area call the British Acupuncture Council on 020 8735 0400 or visit www.acupuncture.org.uk