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Many individuals are suffering from mental health disorders today. The sale of anti-depressant drugs is sky-high! Studies show that about half of those that seek the conventional systems of medication for depression are not finding them effective in remedying their conditions. Some of those that seem to recover through the traditional medicines are found to relapse within a year or two after being treated. Many patients are withdrawing from the traditional systems of medicine and are turning to alternative medicines with a hope to find some relief from mental ailments.
Acupuncture as an Alternative Therapy
Acupuncture, the ancient form of Chinese medicine is based on the principle that stimulating some points in the human body can cure the imbalances in the energy flow through the channels called meridians.
Acupuncture believes that the interaction of five elements - wood, fire, earth, metal, and water can have a profound effect on the internal organs, which can be either Yin or Yang.
This traditional system of Chinese medicine also recognizes that the body and mind are in constant interaction with each other, and so emotions can also have a profound physiological effect on the body.
Acupuncture says that the five elements of nature are associated with five emotions. Water is connected to fear, wood is associated with anger, fire corresponds to happiness, the earth is seen connected to worry, and metal represents grief. Acupuncture seeks to balance the energies in the body and cure the imbalances in the energy flow so that mental ailments can be corrected.
Acupuncture and Treating Psychological Conditions
A large number of people suffering from a variety of psychological conditions are turning to age-old remedies of holistic nature like acupuncture and it has become a highly popular, sought-after, and effective way to help individuals relax and re-energize their body and mind. It can help in dealing with many conditions, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, tense muscles, headaches, and pain and more.
How Does Acupuncture Work on Psychological Conditions?
A large number of patients confirm an improved sense of well-being and a sense of deep relaxation following an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture is seen to alleviate stress and depression by releasing endorphins, the natural pain killer of the body. It also significantly improves the blood circulation and lymphatic fluids that bring fresh oxygen to the body tissues. With this enhanced oxygen supply, the wastes are eliminated from the body, and the patients are relieved of their discomforts. Acupuncture is also seen to decrease the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone in the body and also help in bringing down the blood pressure to optimum levels. Reducing heartbeat rate and relaxing the tense muscles are some other effects achieved by acupuncture that help in alleviating the psychological symptoms. One of the reasons acupuncture and massage are so popular is because they provide health benefits that are also free of side effects when performed by a licensed professional.
An Alternative to Anti-depressants
Acupuncture is found to be safer and a highly effective alternative to the much-debated and controversial anti-depressants. It treats psychological conditions like stress and depression by remedying the underlying cause of imbalances in the body.
Studies show that depression is commonly caused due to the blockages that prevent the regular flow of vital energy in the body. Qi or vital energy is responsible for maintaining the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance in the body. Blockages in QI can be caused by several factors like physical trauma, poor diet, inherited weakness of Qi, emotional trauma, physical, emotional, and chemical stress. Acupuncture ensures that the flow of the vital energy Qi is kept unblocked, and as a consequence, these psychological conditions are treated at their roots and source, providing a highly effective remedy to the patients.
Acupuncture for Anxiety
While a lot of people suffer from anxiety occasionally, some people find it difficult to cope up with this natural response to a stressful situation. When an individual experiences high levels of stress under a threatening situation, the mind can be overloaded and will fail to create ways to cope up with the situation. In some cases, anxiety can become unmanageable. The four kinds of anxiety include physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral.
Acupuncture believes that anxiety results from the imbalance between the heart and kidney. The diagnosis says too much heat in the heart will impair the interaction with the kidney and will lead to the failure of the water organ. When the fire organ cannot be contained, it will rise up to the mind leading to anxiety. Acupuncture treats anxiety by working with the points around the heart, kidney, spleen, and ear.
Acupuncture for Depression
Acupuncture believes that depression is caused due to the problem noticed in the circulation of Qi around the body. The liver has the predominant role in the circulation of Qi while heart and spleen play the supplementary roles. The acupuncture treatment for depression is the same as the one administered for increasing the flow of Qi. This is termed as Four Gates. In this process, the source points in both the hands in between the index and thumb fingers and both the feet in between the first and second toe are stimulated.
Are you suffering from stress, anxiety, depression? Acupuncture may be a great solution for you. Click here to book an acupuncture session with us or call us at (647) 715-3900 for more information.
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