Don’t let jet lag ruin the end of a great vacation — Acupuncture helps you feel like flying again!
We’ve all been there. After coming home from traveling, the insomnia, fatigue, disturbed digestion and a loss of appetite can really make you wish for another vacation!
Acupuncture is based on the theory that Qi, the body’s motivating energy, flows in a 24 hour cycle. The body’s functions are tied into this, much the same as the biological clock recognized by Western medicine.
When you travel across time zones, your body clock falls out of sync. Certain organs are more easily affected by changes in time zones, with those associated with sleep, digestion and bowel function the most likely to be affected. In trying to readjust, people often carry out activities, such a eating, exercising or sleeping at a different time than the one dictated by their body clock. This explains why digestive issues and insomnia are the most common symptoms of jet lag. In addition, sitting in one spot for most of the flight can make you feel stiff and sore.
Resetting the body clock using acupuncture can help ease jet lag symptoms. Getting a treatment can definitely help restore your equilibrium, and boost your immunity. Acupuncture also stimulates blood flow, making it especially helpful in treating the stiffness and soreness associated with jet lag. The body always feels nice and relaxed afterwards allowing you to have a really good night’s sleep.
You’ll want to get acupuncture within 24 hours or so of landing in order for it to be most effective, but there are steps you can take on your journey to minimize the effect of jet lag:
- Carry out the appropriate activity for the time zone you are going to. For example, when you board the plane, if it is the middle of the night in your destination, try and go straight to sleep.
- Try some relaxation techniques or breathing exercises to reduce tension in your body. Being relaxed will minimize the disruption to your body clock.
- Staying hydrated is important! Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.
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Sources: British Acupuncture Council
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