Acupuncture and Sticking to New Year’s Resolutions

by Erin Kumpf, L.Ac.

Photo by Flickr user Marnie Joyce

Photo by Flickr user Marnie Joyce

The New Year: the time is almost upon us once again. As 2014 draws to a close, we can reflect upon and take inventory of all the good that has come our way, all the goals we had set and actually accomplished, and maybe those things that didn’t make it to our 2014 list of accomplishments. Enter 2015!

At this time we start thinking about what we want out of the upcoming year. Many of us have common goals: stop smoking, lose weight, stay focused, change careers, save more money. Our direction is clear, and we are focused – in the beginning.

Staying clear, focused, and on the path tends to be a bit more difficult. Acupuncture is gaining a lot of popularity and has succeeded in entering mainstream America for everything from pain management to assisting with fertility. What people may not know is that many of the reasons that derail us from staying true to our desires and goals, or from keeping on our “resolution path,” can be addressed through acupuncture, which can be used as a reset button.

Here are a few of the reasons why:

1. Addictions: Addictions, no doubt, are one of the most difficult afflictions to overcome. Studies have shown, however, that acupuncture, and, in particular, the protocol NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) is an effective method to help address addictions. These five auricular points help reduce cravings for everything from cigarettes to alcohol, dampen down the jitters associated with withdrawal from many narcotics, reduce anxiety and stress, and assist in facilitating detoxification.

2. Weight Loss: Acupuncture has also been shown to be an effective adjunct therapy for those seeking to lose weight. Chinese Medicine incorporates strengthening the spleen and liver mechanisms to regulate digestion, increase metabolism, facilitate the transformation of food into the blood and energy that we need to live, and help reduce cravings. Acupuncture also helps regulate emotions, which are often a trigger for overeating. In conjunction with lifestyle changes and a commitment to eating healthy, acupuncture can be the catalyst that drives your weight loss goals.

3. De-stress: Stress has been shown to wreak havoc on our bodies. Our current modern lifestyle, especially when coupled with living in an urban environment, leads us to a predominantly sympathetic mode of living. Constant stimuli bombarding our system have our adrenals (think adrenaline, epinephrine, and cortisol) running on high octane. Eventually we exhaust our adrenals, and this “running on empty” eventually leads to fatigue, sluggishness, foggy-headedness, increased infections, and irritability. Acupuncture has been shown to up-regulate certain hormones and to down-regulate others, creating balance within the body. The stimulation of the parasympathetic response (“rest” and “digest”) allows our system to relax, reset, and recharge. When we are more relaxed and rejuvenated, we can be more clear, focused, and deliberate in our every day actions and goals!

Incorporating acupuncture into your life can help you overcome those obstacles that continuously set you back and can help keep you on track. Start now and make those New Year’s resolutions stick!

Call now to make an acupuncture appointment: 201-338-0552. Or visit Yoga in the Heights at 317 Central Avenue, Jersey City, NJ.

Erin Kumpf, L.Ac. is a nationally certified licensed acupuncturist and board certified herbalist with locations in Manhattan, NY and Jersey City, NJ. She specializes in women’s health, fertility, depression and anxiety and addiction recovery. She has been practicing yoga since 1995 and obtained her Teachers Training certificate in 2004. She is currently undergoing DONA certification to become a doula. Erin is deeply committed to her patients and ensures that each person she sees is treated uniquely with respect and empathy.