Acupuncture and Meditation
As an Acupuncturist, I see patients that put significant pressure on themselves to keep as healthy as possible in terms of mind, body and spirit. It is already well known by many of them how effective Acupuncture already is for anxiety and depression, but it usually isn't on their minds that this is something that can have an even more profound effect. There is a particular type of treatment protocol called the "Buddha's Triangle" that has been known to, on occasion, induce a beautiful state of mind that they haven't been able to enter normally. Patients have often said that they could meditate while the needles were in. This was their time during the week to reflect and relax. There have even been those who have described an almost psychedelic experience. It's a deeply personal experience that can be different for different people, much the same as meditation. The best part is, each is mutually beneficial to each other. Consistent meditation has the effect of keeping the mind and body more relaxed and receptive to treatment and acupuncture can help reduce anxiety, fatigue, and improve focus. Using it myself for this express purpose has certainly helped me to exponentially increase my own ability to sit.
This having been said, not many people seek out treatment for the purpose of improving meditation. However, consistent Acupuncture even for wellness and disease prevention has a strong regulating effect on the entire body. This then calms the mind and allows for greater focus and clarity of purpose. This, in turn, allows people to more easily slip into a self-contemplative and meditative state of mind. Since the ultimate goal of any meditation is to produce a more relaxed and enlightened state of mind, this appears to be a path of least resistance. This is especially true because one of the strengths of Acupuncture is moving things that are stuck energetically. This is true for pain as well as emotions. So, if you find yourself stuck in half-lotus, full-lotus, or just cross-legged on the floor, consider Acupuncture as a way to awaken that which may lie dormant.