The deadly coronavirus disease or COVID-19 is affecting 213 countries and territories around the world that already killed hundreds of thousands.
To flatten the curve of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, our government imposed a lockdown, confining everyone to their homes.
But did you know that at home there is a new epidemic?
This new epidemic is killing us —literally— by way of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Our increasingly sedentary, butt-bound, tech-driven lives has given birth to a deadly new epidemic researchers call the “sitting disease.”
We spend an astounding 56 hours a week sitting behind the steering wheel, stuck in traffic, staring at our computer screen, or slumped in front of our smart TV, binge-watching and gorging on unhealthy food.
Electronic living has all but extinguished every glimmer of physical activity from our daily lives.
Today, you can shop, pay bills, make a living, and with Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, even catch up with friends without so much as standing up.
The more gadgets we have, the easier it is to get around. And yet we don’t seem to be moving much.
The paradox of everything being at our fingertips is that we don’t have to move.
Even as I type this article I am stuck sitting in front of my computer for hours on end, writing, and doing research. I have just handed myself the modern-day “desk sentence”.
Life is movement and nature hates stagnancy. Would you drink stagnant water? No, “running” water. Right?
What happens if the blood stops moving in our veins and arteries? We die.
A sedentary lifestyle can throw off your sense of balance and stability.
Balance is a process of finding equilibrium, not a static state.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as chi or qi (pronounced as chee) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body.
By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, the acupuncturist re-balances your energy flow.
One of the key mantras in Chinese Medicine is, “When Qi and Blood are plentiful and flowing smoothly, there is no illness”.
Just take a cue from nature and remember, it’s all about going with the flow.
Movement is life and stagnation causes illness.
Needed: Competent Acupuncturist
The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncturist using sterile needles.
Common side effects include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted.
Single-use, disposable needles are now the practice standard, so the risk of infection is minimal.
Not everyone is a good candidate for acupuncture.
Risks in Acupuncture
You may be at risk of complications if you —
Have a bleeding disorder. Your chances of bleeding or bruising from the needles increase if you have a bleeding disorder or if you’re taking blood thinners.
Have a pacemaker. Acupuncture that involves applying mild electrical pulses to the needles can interfere with a pacemaker’s operation.
Are pregnant. Some types of acupuncture are thought to stimulate labor, which could result in premature delivery.
Get Everything Flowing
One cannot overemphasize the fact that a sedentary lifestyle causes imbalance and disharmony in our bodies.
It’s like trying to ride a unicycle with the spokes of the wheel short on one side and long on the other. The hub could be off-center and your ride is very bumpy.
If you continue for long, you’ll break the wheel and, perhaps, the bike, too.
Just so, if your body continues in disharmony for long, illness occurs.
So if you find your balance is thrown off, or you are becoming more sedentary because moving about has become too difficult, try acupuncture.
The purpose of acupuncture is to get everything flowing in the body again.
You may not want to take the above information sitting down.
Next topic is “Can Acupuncture Heal a Broken Heart?” that will come out on Sunday, July 5, 2020.