Acupuncture and Mental Health 

October 2018 - Jacqueline Marti, Registered Acupuncturist

Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture stimulates points in the body to correct imbalances in the flow of energy (Qi) through channels known as meridians.

It is a safe and effective natural therapy that is used to heal illness, prevent disease and improve well-being without the negative side-effects that often accompany medication.

Tiny, hair-thin needles are inserted into specific points in the body, as well as a combination of auricular (ear) acupuncture points to stimulate the nervous system in order to release chemicals and hormones in the muscles, spinal cord and brain, which increase the body’s natural healing abilities and promotes physical and emotional well-being.

Acupuncture is often completely painless, and even relaxing; in fact, many patients fall asleep during the treatment. Additionally, since practitioners of TCM regard the body and lifestyle as a single system, they will often consider other factors when offering you a treatment plan. Those factors may include recommendations regarding your diet and environment, as well as meditation and exercise. The practitioner's goal is to treat your body and spirit.

How Can Acupuncture Address Issues with Anxiety and Depression?

Anxiety and depression are exceedingly common. Mental health issues will often manifest as physical systems, including headaches, migraines, insomnia, low energy, muscular discomfort and general pain, all of which can significantly decrease your overall quality of life.

Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes the mind and body as being inseparable: when we become emotionally upset, our internal system also becomes disrupted, often leading to the physical symptoms of anxiety. Similarly, when we are physically compromised, our emotions can be adversely affected.

In TCM, anxiety is linked to excessive energy, also referred to as heat or energy (qi), in the head. Depression, on the other hand, is associated with stagnant energy within the body. TCM also links anxiety and depression to the Heart and Liver disharmony (In TCM, the heart and liver command and control most emotions.)

Imagine a river with flowing water. When a tree falls into the middle of the river, it creates havoc with the top and bottom of the river. Now imagine that your body is the river. A poor diet, emotional stress, or physical trauma are the equivalent of the tree falling into the river. Acupuncture focuses on removing those blockages to restore the normal flow of energy throughout your body.

How Long Will It Take to Feel Results?

Healing time depends on the patient and the severity of your symptoms. Some patients report relief after just one session of acupuncture. Others may feel a difference within weeks or months.

October 10th is mental health day. Think about using acupuncture to upgrade your personal wellness and feel better.

“I will help you healing from the root.”

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