CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — 2020 is a new year, a new decade and a time when people make resolutions to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
That includes a holistic approach to healing.
Devin Moreno - a licensed acupuncturist at Paradigm Wellness -- said there is no better time than the new year to adopt a new approach to wellness. He calls it a wellness revolution.
He said he has personally seen instances where acupuncture and natural remedies are successful at healing people.
"I treat patients for a variety of issues," he said. "Whether it's fertility, dermatology, diabetes -- there's all types of issues that we treat here at our clinic. So I can only imagine different modalities and what they treat as well."
Moreno said the reason why practices like cupping or acupuncture are healing, is because the nervous system is stimulated causing blood and energy flow in the body to increase. The body is divided into 12 energy zones called meridians.
"Whenever there is a blockage you might have pain or disease," Moreno said. "And so when we put the needles in, they basically distribute that and balance out the body."
He said it's not just a spa day. It's a medical treatment and several places take insurance.
"I think the World Health Organization has listed acupuncture as a registered, certified treatment modality," he said.
Instead of disinfectant sprays and wipes, Moreno said burning sage -- called "smudging" -- can be just as effective.
"The New England Medical Journal actually just came out with a report that when you burn sage, it actually kills bacteria, viruses and mold spores in the air," he said.
Chakra -- which is derived from Indian medicine -- focuses on seven vertical points along the body that can be unblocked through meditation.
"It is all about balance, making sure everything is flowing properly and energy is going where it needs to," Moreno said.
Reflexology is the stimulation of pressure points on your hands and feet that correlate with your organs.
"Because your hands and feet are micro-systems of your whole body," he said. "So you have like different points here and different points here same thing on your feet."
He said essential oils are also great remedies for everyday struggles.
"If you have a lot of stress and anxiety, lavender," Moreno said. "If you have a lot of nausea, ginger is great. Peppermint for headaches is really really powerful and jojoba. Those are two essential oils that i would use all the time."
When it comes to Eastern medicine versus Western medicine, Moreno said both are necessary in certain instances. But said, Eastern medicine can be just as effective.