Do you have to believe in acupuncture?

October 17, 2017 by Ann Rea, Phoenix Acupuncturist


When I first started practicing acupuncture people would ask me if you have to “believe” in it for acupuncture to work. I laughed a little and said no.


Acupuncture has a physical effect on your body, regardless of what you believe. Your nervous system is stimulated, blood vessels dilate and tissue regeneration occurs. No belief necessary.


But I do think that belief plays a role in the natural healing process.


You have to believe in your body’s amazing ability to heal itself.


Chinese Medical Doctors has known for centuries that the body and mind are intimately connected; they cannot be separated. The body follows the mind and the mind follows the body. Because of this, belief in your ability to get well is a critical part of your healing journey.


Here is an affirmation that will help with this belief. Repeat it to yourself over and over again until you truly, deeply believe it:


Health is my body’s natural state of being.


Simple yet powerful.


Learn to separate your identity from your disease. You are not your depression, PCOS, autoimmune disease, etc. These things are occurring inside your body but they are separate from your identity as a human or spiritual being.


Health is my body’s natural state of being.

It truly is.

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