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Dr. Mel McDonald, ND, DAOM, LAc

Xuejiao (Jo) Feng, MAOM, LAc

PRIVATE PRACTICE OF ACUPUNCTURE, ORIENTAL MEDICINE AND NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE IN ATHENS, GEORGIA.

Acupuncture and Nutritional Support

Acupuncture and Nutritional Support

If you are one of the millions of people who made a New Year’s resolution last month to eat better and make healthier choices in 2023, then it might be time to take stock of how that process is going. Are you already off the wagon and back to your unhealthy habits? Or are you keeping your eye on your goals and making progress? No matter which side of the coin you fall on, you might want to talk to your acupuncturist about your nutritional goals. They can be a wealth of information and help as you look to build a better and stronger you. 

Building Blocks of Good Health

According to Chinese medicine philosophy, acupuncture and nutrition are the first line of defense in maintaining balance and good overall health. Food provides us with the energy we need to function but it can also provide us with the vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants that keep our bodies working at an optimal level. And nutrition plays a huge role in both our physical and mental well-being. With simple changes to our diets, we can increase energy levels and improve our overall health. 

But sometimes the hesitation comes in knowing exactly where to begin with making those changes. It can seem overwhelming to try and change everything at once. That’s where your acupuncturist can come in with helpful suggestions based on the things you want to accomplish. The nutritional adjustments and acupuncture treatments can work hand in hand to help get your body back to its optimal level of performance. 

Whole Food Focus

Whenever possible, it is best to have a whole food focus as opposed to just taking supplements. However, there are situations where the nutrition your body needs just isn’t available through the food you eat. For example, vegans often lack the vitamin B12 since that is most often found in meat. For vegans, taking a B12 supplement is a wise choice because they may have no other way to get that source of vitamin.

There are many fruits, vegetables, and roots that can impact your body’s hormonal, neurological, cardiovascular and skeletal systems. Foods rich in omega-3’s and omega-6 are believed to improve cardiovascular health. Apple cider vinegar has been known to reduce acid reflux and can be a natural cleanser. Turmeric and garlic are natural detoxifiers while citrus fruits naturally cleanse the liver. And ginger has been a remedy for nausea as well. 

Herbal Supplements Can be a Good Option

There are specific herbal supplements that can help your body to boost its immune system as well as detox. Talk to your acupuncturist about what herbal supplements they recommend to help you add those vital nutrients to your diet. 

Identify your health goals so you and your acupuncturist can develop a plan specifically designed for your needs. When your practitioner understands exactly what you want to accomplish, they are better equipped to make recommendations tailored to your needs and success. 

If you are now ready to take the first steps toward a more integrated approach to your health and nutrition or if you are just ready to get back on track, talk to your acupuncturist today and let them help you achieve your health goals.

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