What Is Reiki and How It Can Help You

What Is Reiki and How It Can Help You. Reiki is an energy healing technique What Is Reiki and How It Can Help You

Reiki is an alternative therapy that has been used for centuries in various forms. It is an energy healing technique that works with the body’s natural life force energy (qi in Traditional Chinese Medicine) and that of the universe. It involves the transfer of qi by laying the practitioner’s hands over the patient’s chakras and meridians, acting as a conduit, which allows the qi to flow through them and their hands to their patient. This helps channel the qi to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional wellbeing.

Every living thing and person is made up of energy and in order to function optimally, this qi needs to flow freely. However, emotional traumas, physical injuries, stress, fear, and other suppressed emotions create blockages and stagnation in the body that prevent this flow and can lead to symptoms like pain, and disease in the body.

Good news is that while reiki is not an alternative treatment for medical issues, it is an adjunctive therapy that can improve the flow of qi around the body to help support the body’s natural healing process and increase a feeling of wellbeing. It enables relaxation, reduces pain, speeds healing, and reduces other symptoms of illness. It can also help people cope with difficulties, relieve emotional stress, and relieve headaches, leaving the patient feeling refreshed with the ability to think more clearly and sleep better. Bye, bye foggy stagnation and all without interfering with any other treatments.

More about energy

This unseen “life force energy” (qi) flows and circulates through and around every living being. It’s what causes us to be alive and if one’s qi is low or if there is any restriction in the flow, then the body will be in an unbalanced state. Being in this state of low qi and blockages increases the probability of illness, stress, pain, anxiety, fear, anger, and/or negative thoughts/feelings. However, when our qi frequency is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

Chakras & Crystals Healing

The body has 7 principal chakras, which are important energy centers of awareness in the body that while are not physical or anatomical, they do correspond to certain positions in the body. They influence cells, organs, the entire hormone system, thoughts, and feelings and infuse the cells and organs with healing qi to function optimally along with the mind and spirit. As they influence us, we also take in energy through these chakras from our surroundings like plants, animals, other people, the sun, moon, and planets, etc.

They can be activated and harmonized through certain techniques which leads to improvements in physical and mental health, psychological stability, and inner peace. This knowledge and these techniques come from the oldest system addressing development of the whole person; yoga, but it has also been recognized by many other cultures.

The 7 chakras are aligned along the spinal column, extending from the coccyx to the top of the head and each is represented by a specific crystal, based on their frequencies. When choosing to pair crystal healing with your reiki or acupuncture treatment, these crystals are then placed on the corresponding points on the body to help draw in more healing energy and balance.

This is why chakra work, crystals, reiki, and acupuncture all pair so beautifully together. They all work with improving the condition of the body’s qi system to support the body’s natural healing processes, whatever your ailment may be.


Meridians are channels through which our qi flows. It’s like a network of invisible pathways connecting every element of the body, mind, spirit, and emotions like a map. There are 12 major meridians that each correspond to an internal organ and its own functions. Energy and blood continuously flow through these meridians and communicating and coordinating every function in the body to keep the body balanced.  

Acupuncture and Reiki

See how all of these elements and practices tie into our meridians and the qi that flows through them? This is why chakra work, crystals, reiki, and acupuncture all pair so beautifully together. They all work with improving the condition of the body’s qi system to support the body’s natural healing processes, whatever your ailment may be.

We offer Reiki by itself or in combination with your acupuncture appointment. Check out our options or book an appointment with Ciara to get your energy flowing freely again.

Simple solutions for anxiety and insomnia. How wellness and Traditional Chinese medicine can help!

  • Simple solutions for anxiety and insomnia. How wellness and Traditional Chinese medicine can help!

Simple solutions for anxiety and insomnia. How wellness and Traditional Chinese medicine can help!

To say that this year has been an emotional roller coaster ride would be an understatement. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of the way we live our lives, and for many people this has led to an increase in stress-related ailments like anxiety and insomnia. The good news is there are ways to combat these ailments without resorting to pharmaceutical drugs. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic healing system that can be a powerful tool in treating a wide range of health issues including anxiety and insomnia.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for centuries to treat everything from chronic pain to emotional disorders, digestive issues, sleep disturbances, and more. The practice takes a holistic approach to healing by utilizing natural therapies like acupuncture, nutrition, massage, and reiki to address health issues. These natural therapies not only help with existing symptoms, but they can also be preventative


Acupuncture is a healing technique that involves inserting very thin needles into key points on the body to correct energy imbalances. The idea is that everyone has energy or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) flowing through their bodies, but sometimes this energy can become blocked in certain areas. When this happens, you may experience joint pain, headaches, restlessness, anxiety, or a general feeling of malaise. Acupuncture aims to unblock these areas and open the meridians so that energy can flow more freely throughout the body. Studies show that acupuncture also stimulates areas of the brain that process pain and manage stress hormones.


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the physical body and the mind are interconnected. For example, when we experience stress, our bodies produce hormones that increase the heart rate, elevate blood pressure, and increase blood sugar levels in the body. These hormones can also affect the organs and various systems. Over time, constant exposure to stress hormones can cause damage to various organs, and this can manifest as psychological conditions including depression, anxiety, and insomnia. A customized nutrition plan can help detoxify the organs and restore a balance between the body and mind.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is not only an incredibly relaxing experience, but it can also help heal the body and calm the mind by stimulating blood flow, releasing energy blockages, and regulating the nervous system. TCM massage therapies like Tui Na and Gua Sha focus on key acupressure points to open the meridians and get Qi flowing. This helps to correct imbalances and ease tension that may be causing anxiety or sleep disruptions. Massage also encourages the body to release feel-good hormones like endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine, which help elevate the mood and produce an overall feeling of well-being.


Reiki is an ancient healing therapy that originated in Japan, but it has been used for hundreds of years in many Asian cultures. The name can be broken down into ‘rei’, which means ‘universal energy’ and ‘ki’, which means life energy. It involves a practitioner placing their hands above certain areas of a patient’s body and channeling energy to promote relaxation and balance mental and emotional states. Many people find that reiki sessions are incredibly calming and help them release stress, tension, and negative emotions. This is a great option for those who want a non-invasive therapy to help manage stress.

How Red Leaf Wellness Can Help

Red Leaf Wellness is a highly acclaimed wellness clinic with two locations in Edmonton, Alberta. We offer acupuncture, massage therapy, reiki, and functional medicine services. We specialize in creating individualized treatment plans for a range of conditions including insomnia, anxiety, PTSD, pain management, weight loss, and more. Working closely with you and your primary care physician, we will design a holistic treatment plan that is tailored specifically to your symptoms and wellness goals.

Give us a call at 780.633.7538 with any questions you may have or schedule an appointment online through our patient portal with one of our practitioners.

Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine During the Pandemic

Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine During the PandemicBenefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine During the Pandemic

The novel coronavirus has turned our world upside down. Along with stress and worry, many of us have been locked down and need some kind of relief from worries, isolation, and fear. But imagine getting away for a little while. Imagine letting everything go and feeling better both in mind and spirit right now. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) may be the way to set everything aside, take a moment for ourselves, and enjoy the overwhelming mental and physical benefits at the same time.

There are many benefits of traditional Chinese medicine during the pandemic. And some that may surprise you.

From stress relief to taking care of ourselves, these are important things during the pandemic. Here is more about taking advantage of Chinese medicine – especially now. And while these benefits help no matter what is going on, they’re even more important during COVID-19.

Helps Lower the Body’s Stress Response

Stress is an enormous factor in today’s climate. According to Help Guide:

For many people, the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus is the hardest thing to handle. We still don’t know exactly how we’ll be impacted, how long this will last, or how bad things might get. And that makes it all too easy to catastrophize and spiral out into overwhelming dread and panic.

Many of us lived with significant stress before the pandemic. From our job and family life to financial issues and more – it’s difficult to remain free of stressful situations.

The problem is that stress causes emotional, physical, behavioral, and cognitive issues. It is our body’s way of dealing with a threat – whether perceived or real. We function just fine with small doses of stress but as its prevalence increases, so may the following potential health concerns:

Emotional Issues

  • Mood and behavioral changes
  • Isolation from others
  • Problems with relaxing
  • Overwhelming feelings

Physical Symptoms

  • Insomnia
  • No energy
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Low libido
  • Nervousness
  • Increased infections and colds
  • Aches and pains

Behavioral Issues

  • Increased substance or alcohol use
  • Nervous behaviors
  • Avoiding tasks or responsibilities
  • Changes in appetite

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Hard to focus
  • Negative thoughts
  • Constant worry
  • Poor judgment
  • Forgetfulness
  • Racing thoughts

The many negative (and alarming) effects of stress can affect every single aspect of our lives. Chinese medicine works to bring balance to the body’s physiological functions and internal organs. Not only does it work to lower stress, Traditional Chinese Medicine is relaxing, and that benefit alone helps minimize our mind and body’s stressors. And by lowering stress, it may reduce your symptoms. Triggers are a part of life but you can make things better by using Reiki, acupuncture, and other forms of traditional Chinese medicine to your advantage.

Reduces Inflammation

Inflammation is a detriment with COVID-19. As notated by The World Economic Forum:

A common feature for many patients that get severe COVID is serious lung damage caused by an overly vigorous immune response. This is characterized by the creation of lots of inflammatory products called cytokines—the so-called “cytokine storm”.

And while we do not make any claims about cures, inflammation in any scenario is bad. Inflammation is sometimes brief but for some, it becomes a chronic problem. Inflammation happens similar to stress. It is our body’s way of fighting off harmful actions. If a cell gets damaged, the body triggers a response from the immune system by releasing chemicals. But for those with chronic inflammation, the body remains in a state of alert, even after the threat is gone.

This can lead to diseases including:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Arthritis

Acupuncture helps including aiding the digestive tract. This body system is often a source of inflammation that goes unrecognized. Promising studies at Harvard University suggest acupuncture is effective in taming the inflammatory response.

Helps Cognitive Health

We all need to be as sharp as possible right now. Dealing with a worldwide pandemic is no time to have brain fog. And poor cognitive health affects all of our surroundings, even in the best of times.

Cognitive reserve is a phrase you may not be familiar with. But what it does is keep our brain sharper. It’s how you learn things in school or use logic to solve a problem. When an adequate cognitive reserve is present, it is easier to face life’s challenges and decide the best course of action.

Reiki is one form of traditional Chinese medicine helpful for mental health. Blind studies show increases in well-being and minimized depression through the use of Reiki. Others show evidence of increased relaxation and lower anxiety.

Improves Flexibility and Muscle Strength

Along with our health and mind, our bodies need care when you’re not sure what will happen next. A strong body aids in your overall health and well-being, and fortunately, acupuncture is a very helpful tool.

Muscle strength is more than just being able to lift a heavy box or push open a heavy door. Instead, muscle strength also gives the body the ability to heal faster. Powerful muscles translate to less downtime when you’re injured.

How acupuncture works is by creating tiny injuries where you won’t feel pain – just pressure sometimes. These minor injuries not only supply oxygen to the muscles but also trigger endorphins. Along with these immediate results, each visit shows increasing results in improving flexibility and muscle strength.

Finding Answers During the Pandemic

We can’t provide all the answers and no one knows how everything will play out. But keeping your body and mind healthy benefits every aspect of your life. There are multiple benefits of Chinese medicine and during the pandemic they are even more crucial to living the best, healthiest, and happiest life. Schedule an appointment with us now to see how traditional Chinese medicine can help you!

Traditional Chinese Medicine for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia

Traditional Chinese Medicine for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia

While science has made inroads and downright amazing discoveries in recent decades, one area that eludes doctors and scientists alike is fibromyalgia.

The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association states that approximately 8% of adults 80 years of age and younger fit the criteria for fibromyalgia.

This condition is characterized by wide-spread body aches and pains, sleep disorders, constant feelings of fatigue, memory problems, and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies what should be tolerable pain sensations by affecting how your brain processes pain signals.

Currently, there is no cure but there are increasingly new ways of dealing with the symptoms of fibromyalgia. “New” as in returning to the ancient methods of healing, such as traditional Chinese medicine.

Conventional Western Medicine VS Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional modern-day methods of dealing with fibromyalgia involve prescription medications to treat symptoms, such as Cymbalta for nerve pain or sleeping pills for insomnia. These are like taking Tylenol to treat pneumonia.

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) includes looking at the whole body and treating the root cause, rather than only looking to treat individual symptoms.

Customized treatment for each individual is common when speaking of TCM, and because the symptoms of fibro are so varied, even from person to person, a comprehensive program may include several types of treatments, including herbal medicine, nutritional advice, exercise, acupuncture, and meditation.

Vital Elements of TCM

TCM believes that two elements that are vital to a healthy life are QI (the life force in all living things) and blood. Both of these elements must flow freely within the body’s energy channels for the well-being of the body. Obstruction of the flow of these two compounds leads to pain and chronic health conditions.

Alternatively, a lack of QI or blood, due to obstruction, can also lead to pain. It is not uncommon in TCM to find both a lack of the elements and an obstruction.

TCM believes that strong emotions, such as anxiety, fear, anger, or frustration can block the two vital elements. Other causes include exposure to extreme temperatures, overwork, a lack of quality sleep, and poor nutrition.


This very foreign concept to Westerners is often ridiculed or made fun of, but the fact is that the Journal of Neuroimage reported a study out of the University of Michigan that found evidence that acupuncture affects the brain’s long-term ability to interpret and regulate pain.

This study found that 20 women who had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for more than a year and experienced pain at least 50 percent of their time had reduced pain levels after 8 acupuncture treatments, along with a PET scan of the brain showing an increased binding of pain receptors.

While acupuncture has been proven to be effective in managing some of the pain levels fibromyalgia patients suffer with, herbal medicine and nutrition have also been shown to work in combination with acupuncture.

Herbal Medicine and Nutrition

Doctors of TCM will often prescribe a mixture of herbs that will vary from person to person to help restore the flow of energy and blood. These herbs may be consumed as teas, capsules, or powders mixed with water.

Some of the more common TCM herbs include:

  • Red Yeast Rice
  • Ginger
  • Gotu Kola
  • Astragalus
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Ginseng
  • Cinnamon
  • Yu Xing Cao

Foods are thought to intervene and support the formation and flow of the two vital elements. Every food has an organ or meridian associated with it and all foods have a cool or warm nature associated with them.

Foods considered to be “warm” help to stimulate the functions of the body. Overconsumption of “warm” foods can overstimulate the body. The idea is to eat a balance of warm and cool foods.

Most practitioners of TCM seem to believe that fibromyalgia pain stems from overconsumption of warm foods that have overstimulated the body’s pain centers.

Chiropractic and Fibromyalgia

While chiropractic and TCM are not the same, they share a base of set beliefs in that a blockage of energy (chiropractors call this obstruction a subluxation, and they believe that this misalignment blocks nerve impulses) that causes health issues in the body.

Chiropractic and TCM are an excellent comprehensive way to treat the pain of fibromyalgia. Chiropractic and fibromyalgia are not on opposite ends of the spectrum. In fact, comprehensive chiropractic treatments have been proven to help stop the pain of fibromyalgia, especially pain in the neck, leg, and back.

If you are currently looking for alternatives to conventional Western medicine to help control your fibromyalgia symptoms, you would be wise to investigate Traditional Chinese Medicine and chiropractic.

If you are already seeing a chiropractor, ask for a recommendation for a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine in your area. You have nothing to lose but your pain.


Dr. Brent Wells, D.C. founder of Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska

Dr. Brent Wells, D.C.

About the Author

Dr. Brent Wells, D.C. founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska and has been a chiropractor for over 20 years. Beside chiropractic adjustment, his practice has treated different musculoskeletal and other health problems by offering massage therapy to Juneau patients.

Dr. Wells is also the author of over 700 online health articles that have been featured on sites such as Dr. Axe, Organic Facts, and Thrive Global. He is a proud member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians. And he continues his education to remain active and updated in all studies related to neurology, physical rehab, biomechanics, spine conditions, brain injury, trauma, and more.


15 Ways to Incorporate Acupuncture Into Your Life in 2015

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Source: HuffingtonPost: 15 Ways to Incorporate Acupuncture Into Your Life in 2015 | Sara Calabro

What are your hopes for this year? Want to feel healthier? Eat better? Get in shape? Try new things? Have better relationships? Me too! And I’m planning on using acupuncture to achieve all of it!

Not literally. I’m not going to go for an acupuncture treatment and walk out with glowing skin, a six pack, and resolved childhood issues. But, I am going to allow the tenets of acupuncture to influence my attitude and actions so that I can live optimally in 2015.

In the same way we talk about practicing yoga or practicing meditation, you canpractice acupuncture. You can use the theories of acupuncture to help guide the decisions you make every day that ultimately determine your physical and emotional health.

Here are 15 ways you can incorporate acupuncture into your life — and soar to new heights — in 2015.

1. Put down your phone.
Acupuncture can help alleviate a modern epidemic from which many of us suffer: compulsive phone checking. At the root of obsessive phone checking is uneasiness with solitude, uncertainty about what we might find if we spend too much time in quiet spaces. We reflexively reach for our phones because we lack the confidence that tells us we alone are enough.

Acupuncture, in essence, forces us to put down the phone. It demands that we pay attention to the things we’ve gotten used to blocking out. It does not take away or add anything. Rather, it challenges us to wrap our heads around the idea that we already possess everything we need to be okay.

This article has four acupuncture-inspired tips for stopping compulsive phone checking.

2. Buy less stuff.
The idea that we already possess everything we need to be okay is a big one. In addition to helping us spend less time on our phones, this key principle from acupuncture can help us manage our ever-growing piles of stuff.

SUVs, flat-screen TVs, DVDs, clothes, more clothes, clothes for our dogs, hats, shoes, bags, iPhones, iPods, iPads, iMacs, kitchen appliances, bathroom appliances, toys, video games… The list goes on.

Bombarded by advertising and peer pressure, we become convinced that we need these things. And then we need another. This epidemic of stuff creates an ongoing cycle that perpetuates feelings of dissatisfaction, since nothing is ever enough, and warps our perspective on how to care for ourselves.

Acupuncture can help reverse the trend of unbridled excess. Rather than focusing on what’s not there, and adding stuff in order to fill the gap, acupuncture takes what’s already there and rearranges it into something positive.

3. Take up yoga.
There’s a reason so many yogis are into acupuncture. The two disciplines have a lot in common, in their intentions and outcomes. A shared sensibility pervades acupuncture and yoga, attracting people who are curious about the intersection of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

Practicing yoga, much like receiving acupuncture, helps draw energy out of your mind and into your body. It heightens awareness such that you become more attuned to the clues your body gives about what’s ailing you and how you can heal yourself.

More practically speaking, yoga stretches acupuncture meridians throughout the body, which helps regulate the flow that acupuncture strives to restore and maintain. For more detail on this, read this article about downward-facing dog from an acupuncture perspective.

4. Stop blaming people.
A foundational concept in acupuncture, Yin-Yang theory, can help us navigate the challenges we wrestle with in relationships.

An oversimplification of Yin-Yang theory is that something can only be understood in relation to the whole — or, context determines reality. Acupuncturists use Yin and Yang to determine how one thing functions in relation to another. Those determinations are based on the defining characteristics of Yin and Yang.

This article explores the concepts and characteristics of Yin and Yang in detail, but here’s the bottom line as it pertains to relationships: You contribute to the less-than-desirable qualities exhibited by your partner and other people in your life. Try and remember this next time your partner, sister, friend, or coworker is pushing your buttons.

5. Celebrate differences in relationships.
Acupuncture can help not only with taking ownership for our role in challenging relationship dynamics, but also with appreciating our differences.

Every single person’s experience in and of the world is unique. Acupuncture celebrates this diversity by eschewing the one-size-fits all model that dominates mainstream healthcare. Mainstream medicine is premised on the idea of intervention — isolating symptoms and suppressing them with an external substance — so diversity is discouraged rather than embraced. The model is set up to favor repeating patterns.

In contrast, acupuncture works with each individual’s distinctive constitution and circumstances to arrive at his or her own definition of health.

6. Choose heat over ice.
People who are in pain often wonder, “Should I use heat or ice?” Heat is the answer almost every time.

From an acupuncture perspective, many pain conditions are caused by stagnation. Things are not moving smoothly through the channels, causing blockages that lead to pain. Acupuncture restores flow, helping to eliminate these blockages. Looking at pain in this way, ice is counterproductive — it causes things to remain stagnant and slows down the healing process.

7. Embrace change.
Change is hard for most of us because we delude ourselves into believing that we can anticipate outcomes of the things we’re accustomed to. When things change, we don’t like it because now we can’t predict the outcomes. In an attempt to stay in control of our inherently out-of-control lives, we seek cut-and-dried explanations.

But change doesn’t have to be scary or threatening, and it doesn’t have to detract from your power. In fact, in acupuncture theory, change is the primary ingredient for becoming a healthier person. We are getting better as long as we are no longer the same. Next time you’re faced with a change, remember that it’s actually a sign that you’re moving forward.

8. Experiment with acupressure.
You can perform acupressure on yourself and loved ones any time, any place, whenever it works for you. In addition to providing symptomatic relief on its own, acupressure can significantly reinforce the effects of acupuncture treatments. And it’s free and completely safe!

9. Practice patience.
Acupuncture is not quick fix. It is not a one-shot deal. The effects of acupuncture are cumulative and therefore take time and patience. But the very reason many people avoid acupuncture — because it takes too long — is actually one of its biggest assets.

We must slow down in order to listen to what our bodies really need. When we slow down, we begin to notice things that we didn’t see before. For example: When I walk, my left foot feels heavier than my right. When I eat before 8 a.m., I get heartburn.

Acupuncture highly values these seemingly insignificant details. They are the clues that overtime help us piece together the origin of our physical and emotional struggles.

10. Go out for a walk.
Even if it’s just around the block, taking a walk can go a long way. Like acupuncture, walking awakens and engages all the meridians that flow throughout the body. When you go for a walk, you let your whole body take a deep breath and reset itself.

Movement of any kind is good, but there’s something about walking that is at once invigorating and restorative. It does not require athleticism, excessive amounts of energy, or demanding postures. Walking gently lulls the body into its natural rhythm.

11. Honor the seasons.
In our fast-paced lives, we tend to move from season to season without giving it much thought. But in acupuncture theory, humans are viewed as microcosms of the natural world that surrounds them, so the change of seasons is a big deal.

Seasons — particularly the transitional periods, when we go from one season to the next — factor significantly into how we feel. They can influence our physical health as well as our moods, energy levels, and sleep.

12. Eat good food.
Acupuncture helps eliminate toxins. Don’t knowingly put them back in by eating poor-quality food.

The “right” diet is different for everyone, but regardless of your preferences, it’s valuable to think about food as sustenance. Eating is an opportunity to heal your body, or to keep it healthy if it already is. When we conceive of food as sustenance, processed food and other junk become less appealing.

So, imagine the foods that would make you feel nourished and healthy, then go eat them. Check out this article on what to eat in fall and winter.

13. Let go.
Acupuncture teaches us to let go of the things that hold us back. We all have them. A medical diagnosis. A procrastination habit. A co-dependent relationship. A storied past. An intense love of ice cream. In one way or another, these things prevent us from moving forward. However, they also become part of our identity, which makes them difficult to abandon.

By offering a new lens, one that accepts these things as part of our contextual makeup rather than demonizing them as something to be ashamed of, acupuncture empowers us to ultimately let them go. Acupuncture gathers all of our experiences into a complete underlying pattern of disharmony. The goal of treatment is not to merely mask symptoms but rather to change the root pattern that allows symptoms to flourish.

14. Take on challenges.
It takes courage to go against the grain. Many doctors, as well as some family, friends and colleagues, regard mainstream medicine as the only acceptable form of healthcare. Add to that the barrage of pharmaceutical advertising, influential insurance companies, and sensationalized media messages about alternative approaches to health. It’s difficult to make certain choices in the face of such powerful forces.

Healing through acupuncture requires a conscious commitment to understanding yourself in a way that the majority shuns. It means thinking independently. It demands a willingness to go your own way. That’s not easy, but you can do it.

15. Get acupuncture.
This is an obvious one, but important to remember. One of the greatest beauties of acupuncture is its ability to influence our lives beyond the moments spent in treatment rooms. As evidenced by the 14 points above, acupuncture can be incorporated into your life without ever getting poked by a needle. The theory of acupuncture on its own is enough to inspire significant shifts in mindset and behavior.

However, if you want to cultivate the tenets of acupuncture in your life in 2015, getting an acupuncture treatment is a fantastic way to initiate the process — and periodic treatments can help keep you on course throughout the year.