Acupuncture for jetlag

As you may or may not know, acupuncture is based upon the principle that the bodies vital energy (Qi) flows freely around the body in a 24 hour cycle.

The Chinese body clock is actually very similar to the biological clock recognised in Western medicine and see’s the best time to eat breakfast between seven and nine in the morning, as this is the time at which Qi is concentrated on the stomach. Similarly the Chinese biological clock also stipulates that there is a particular time which is best for sleeping.

Between the hours of one and three in the morning the Qi is concentrated around the liver, which is the organ responsible for regulating Qi, allowing the body to re-charge.

Crossing over into a different time zone will mean that your body clock will fall out of sync as you will be eating and sleeping at different times which your body clock will not be used to.

Acupuncture is able to reset the body clock by stimulating the flow of Qi around the organ for the time zone you happen to be in.

In order for the process to be most effective it is best to visit a practitioner within 24 hours or so of landing, but if this is not possible there are various other steps you can take during your journey to help minimise the effects of jetlag.

The British Acupuncture Council recommend carrying out the appropriate activity for the time zone you are going to. Meaning that when boarding a plane, if it is the middle of the night in your destination then try going to sleep. This way when you arrive you will be on track.

Other tips and advice include trying some relaxation and breathing exercises to reduce any tension from the body as feeling relaxed will really help to minimise the effects of a disrupted body clock.

Lastly you could try applying pressure to the pressure points that relate to certain organs as they come into play throughout your journey. However, though this is something you can learn to do yourself it is best to visit a practitioner first who will be able to talk you through the process.

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Written by Emma Hilton

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