After serving many thousands of patients in hospitals, mental health centers and holistic private practice over almost 50 years, I have strong opinions about how to get well and stay well. It can be a difficult journey, since each person is unique and requires different healing approaches—but the right combination of natural healing approaches can usually help you achieve optimal wellness. Here are my top five recommendations for feeling happy, healthy, and enlightened in 2021 so you can enjoy the life you deserve and brighten our world.
This millennia-old healing approach uses very tiny needles inserted into specific points on the skin, meridian points that correspond to certain organs and muscles. Acupuncture helps strengthen and balance the flow of energy or Chi. In the Orient, acupuncture has long been used as a primary healing modality and for anesthesia during major surgery. The safety and effectiveness of this approach have been well documented. In the United States, acupuncture can be performed by specially trained health care providers, including: L.Ac. (licensed acupuncturist), D.O.M. (doctor of oriental medicine), D.C., M.D., and D.O.
When I’m healthy, I get quarterly acupuncture sessions to ensure optimal levels of life force to all parts of my body. If I develop any early or mild symptoms of declining health, acupuncture is an important part of my therapeutic program. For example, during a time of extreme stress, I once developed a tremor in my right thumb. My alternative medical doctor administered several acupuncture treatments and the shaking went away. Who knows what that might have developed into had I not quickly and effectively gotten to the source of the problem.
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