Guest Blog post by By Isaac White, L.Ac. with Foothills Acupuncture in Lakewood, Colorado.
As a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist at Foothills Acupuncture in Lakewood, CO, I find that some of the most common ailments that come into my office are problems with either emotional stress or pain. It was after having a conversation with a friend about the challenges involved with buying and selling their house that I realized that acupuncture and Chinese medicine could be a great modality to incorporate into this process to help mitigate some of these tensions.
I remember clearly when my wife and I purchased our first home. Even though there was plenty of excitement involved with this process, there was plenty of worry, stress and even pain that also was part of the experience. After hearing my friends experience with selling an purchasing a home, I realized that many of these experiences must be the same for most undergoing this process. Feelings such as will my current house sell?, do I have another showing today? , is my house clean enough for the showing?, will it sell for enough?, do we have enough to buy a the new house?, is there any thing wrong with the new house?, will someone else out bid me for the new house?, are there crack dealers that live next door?, Etc. Of course, these are just some of the emotional stresses and worries. There are also a myriad of physical pains that can accompany this process too due to the countless hours of moving, cleaning and driving around that has been done. Headaches, backaches, arm aches, neck pain, etc…
Although I did not know acupuncture and Chinese medicine when I first purchased my home, I now know that these healing modalities can be a helpful addition to the home selling/buying process for these two simple reasons:
- Reduces Stress and anxiety
- Reduces Pain
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work to utilize and promote the body’s circulation and natural healing responses which allow for the body to naturally rebalance and heal itself. Through this promotion of healing processes, the body will have increased metabolic function, reduced sympathetic nervous system functioning, and reduced pain symptoms. As the body regains balance, people report experiencing positive secondary effects as well, such as better sleep, better digestion, better sex and more overall energy.
Most patients report there is little to no pain associated with insertion of acupuncture needles. Even if you are afraid of needles, there are several other modalities, such as cupping, auricular treatments, Tui Na (Chinese Massage), and Chinese herbal treatments, that DO NOT involve any needling and can achieve similar results to acupuncture.
So, if you are experiencing stress and pain during your home selling/buying experience, you might consider incorporating acupuncture and Chinese medicine into your life. Adding these treatments into your life will naturally enable you to feel better, both physically and mentally, and can allow for better life experiences all around especially if you are undergoing the challenges of buying/selling your house!