Acupuncture to Help Anxiety and Depression
Depression can be debilitating for those who experience it. Prolonged feelings of sadness, discouragement, and hopelessness greatly affect the quality of life.
At one time or another, most of us have experienced some form of depression. It’s a normal response to events in our lives that seem overwhelming. When we are balanced, physically and emotionally, we can easily bounce back from a depressed state and move on with our lives. But, when negative feelings and emotions become persistent, then it may be time to see your doctor.
Today, more than 28 million Americans are taking antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications. According to the Physicians’ Desk Reference, the top antidepressant drugs address only the signs and symptoms associated with depression. Unfortunately, they can also cause a variety of side effects, including insomnia, anxiety, listlessness, fatigue, body rash, tremors, facial tics, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and sexual dysfunction. Depression alone is stressful enough on the body. While medications may provide temporary relief, they can also further compromise our health.
How Can Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) incorporate thousands of years of experience in treating depression. Not only can they help alleviate the signs and symptoms accompanying depression, but they can also safely and naturally address the root causes and underlying imbalances that have contributed to the problem.
Acupuncturists are aware of the powerful interplay between our body and emotions, since the two are truly inseparable. When we experience emotional upset, our internal environment becomes disrupted. Likewise, when we experience physical problems, our emotions can become greatly affected.
Over time, this disruption leads to what an acupuncturist calls “stagnant” or “depressed” Qi, (pronounced “chee”). Qi (vital energy) is a concept unique to the theories and principles of TCM. According to these theories, Qi is the energy that animates the body and protects it from illness and pain. Qi flows through the body in channels called meridians. When Qi becomes stagnant or depressed within the meridians, there are equally negative physical and emotional symptoms as a result. Practitioners of acupuncture and TCM are specifically trained to detect and correct the balance and movement of Qi within the human body. Treatments are focused toward balancing and activating the Qi by manipulating corresponding points on the body.
The stagnant or depressed Qi diagnosis is unique to acupuncture and TCM. Over time, if it is not addressed, it can lead to a disharmony within our body, affecting our physical and emotional well-being. If not properly treated, this imbalance may lead to depression.
What Will an Acupuncturist Do?
An acupuncturist will take a complete health history in order to find out where, why, and how Qi has become stagnant or depressed. They will develop a unique treatment plan tailored to your specific symptoms and signs.
The goal of this plan will be to activate the movement of Qi throughout the entire body, as well as to address the root causes and underlying imbalances. By treating the body as a unique and whole organism, your acupuncturist will be able to support your recovery from illness and disease, moving you toward health and happiness.
Acupuncture and TCM provide safe, natural, drug-free, and effective ways to address depression. The focus is to restore a balanced and continuous flow of Qi throughout the body and mind.
Acupuncture is not a “quick fix”. You may need to receive weeks or months of treatment in order to see lasting results. Give yourself the necessary time so that you can experience the maximum benefits that acupuncture and TCM have to offer.
Surround yourself with people whom you trust to provide objective and unbiased input and insight. Develop a support group of friends, loved ones, family, and co-workers who can lend an ear and listen to you.
Breathe, go slow, and think things through. Don’t make too many life changes all at once. A few changes at a time will work to support you and not overwhelm your emotions.
Try to get at least 20 minutes of simple exercise at least three days per week, if not more. Take a daily walk, breathe deeply, and let it all go.
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