One of the more perplexing situations that arises for those new to acupuncture is that they have trouble understanding its holistic nature. Many see acupuncture as merely a one-sided therapy involving needling the body to alleviate physical or emotional pain or assist with healing. But there's more to acupuncture than just needling— a lot more!

Over the last decade, scientists have made some new discoveries that support the ancient practice of meditation offers many advantages for modern living. Among other things, they've found that meditation can alter brain waves to reduce stress, improve mood, increase feelings of well being, stimulate creativity, and benefit overall health.

Within 24-48 hours after a mental-emotional stress reaction, major physical symptoms can and do occur. Acupuncture can help ease this response and return balance to both the mind and body.

A Hong Kong study has found that qigong, a meditation and exercise treatment protocol commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine, can naturally reduce the symptoms of fatigue and depression.

Being healthy begins with the right state of mind. Eating right is also important, and some exercise is too. But if your mind is not in the right place, the right diet and daily exercise will be short-sighted and short-lived. Here is some practical advise for getting into the right state of mind to change your health and sustain a healthy lifestyle.