At some point in life, everyone deals with major upheavals or emotional distress. These events can trigger a host of unexpected behaviors and feelings from panic attacks and depression to major disruptions in eating and sleeping. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can alleviate symptoms associated with mental health issues in treating the root cause of the problem by helping to re-balance the internal environment of the body.
From an Oriental medicine perspective, mental health disorders can cause a disruption in the flow of vital energy, called qi, through the body. These energetic imbalances can throw off the immune system or cause symptoms of headaches, abnormal digestion, sleep disturbances, pain, menstrual irregularities and, overtime, the development of serious illnesses. Acupuncture treatments can correct these imbalances and directly affect the way your body manages your mental health.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders
Oriental medicine does not recognize any mental disorder as one particular syndrome. Rather, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are specific to each individual using a wide range of techniques including acupuncture, and dietary or lifestyle recommendations and exercises to restore imbalances in the body. So every patient treated with acupuncture and Oriental medicine will receive a unique and customized treatment with different acupuncture points, and different diet and lifestyle recommendations.
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine have the ability to detect energetic changes that occur in the body and relieve symptoms by restoring equilibrium. The emotion and physical symptoms that a patient experiences will help create a clear picture on which a treatment plan can be created specifically for the patient.
Mental Disorders Treatable by Acupuncture
Common symptoms of depression disorders include: feelings of emptiness and worthlessness, fatigue, insomnia, and decreased interest in most activities. Even when depression is sub-clinical, the immune system of the body is compromised and the symptoms reduce functioning and impair social relationships and work performance. Acupuncture treatments can correct such imbalances, support the immune system and affect the way the body manages stress and mental health.
Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
This is a brain condition where it is difficult to concentrate of control compulsive behavior. ADD/ADHD foes not just occur during childhood. Acupuncture can help enhance concentration, augment mood management techniques, reduce fidgeting, enhance concentration and reduce hyperactivity.
Anxiety and Stress Disorders
Anxiety comes in a wide range of manifestations, from mild worrying to physical responses like panic attacks, shortness of breath, insomnia, and nausea. Some anxiety is a healthy response to the stress of daily life and new situations. However, anxiety that occurs randomly or excessively is a sign to take notice. Acupuncture can help balance the mental and physical symptoms of anxiety and help create spaciousness and harmony.
Mental health issues are best managed when health professionals work together to meet the unique needs of every patient. Acupuncture is an excellent addition to any treatment plan because it can help restore body balance, treat the root of the condition, and diminish symptoms.