Acupuncture for anxiety and mood disorders
Whether a result of chemical imbalance or environmental factors, acupuncture is used to help manage mood disorders and balance the flow of Qi in the organs that are associated with anxiety and depression.
Chinese medicine is built on the principle of treating the root cause of illness rather than only addressing the symptoms. This is essential with mood disorders such as anxiety and depression as all aspects of a person’s life need to be considered to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with conventional medicine or as a natural alternative.
How can acupuncture help with sleep and insomnia?
When we fall asleep, our body begins its vital restoration and reparation process.Getting quality sleep is essential to our health and wellness.
It has become popular to use prescription sleeping pills to induce sleep, however, sleep expert, Matthew Walker, says that sleep medication does not provide the same benefits as natural sleep. Matthew explains that sleeping pills “switch off the top of your brain, and put you into a state of unconsciousness. The drugs actually sedate you and sedation is not sleep”.
Acupuncture is a natural and effective option for insomnia, bringing balance back to your body and in turn, improving your sleep and overall wellbeing.
Acupuncturists will assess your current sleeping routine and advise you in improving other aspects of your life that affect your quality of sleep, such as diet and exercise.
Acupuncturists choose specific acu-points associated with your sleeping concerns, whether you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Acupuncture not only promotes a deeply relaxed state, but also assists in relieving pain, stress, and anxiety which are often the underlying causes of insomnia.
How can acupuncture help manage stress?
Stress in the body reveals itself as inflammation, and chronic inflammation has been linked to disease and illness.
Chinese Medicine believes that inflammation is the root cause of many mental and physical issues we face, including digestive problems, mood disorders and chronic pain. This is backed by Western medicine where research shows that a great majority of disease stems from inflammation.
Acupuncturists use fine needles to remove blockages in the body’s meridians and encourage self-healing.
Acupuncture has been shown to lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone), and release endorphins, producing natural pain-relief and a relaxation response.
In addition to acupuncture, your practitioner may recommend other stress-reducing practises such as massage, yoga, and meditation to improve your overall wellbeing.
How acupuncture can help with headaches/migraines
Some people have found that acupuncture treatment is an alternative to over the counter medication.While headaches can be caused by tension, stress, a result of what you eat or other factors, there has been a clinical study of acupuncture for cluster headaches, that recommends treatments twice a week for two weeks, followed by one treatment a week for weeks after that – as well as maintenance treatments.
During traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted into different pressure points, depending on symptoms. These needle points are usually near nerves in your body. The needle stimulates the nerves to release hormones, such as endorphins, that trigger a response from your body.
Is acupuncture a possible solution to lower back pain?
Even up to early 2000, acupuncture has been most commonly treated as an unknown. Sometimes treated more skeptically as been understandable, because there were few and smaller clinical trials conducted to measure their effectiveness.
Not any more.
Through several well designed, clinical trials over the last decade, Harvard HealthBlog has looked into evidence to suggest that acupuncture can be effective for pain relief.
“…acupuncture can be part of the solution to the immense problem of chronic pain and opiate addiction that is gripping our society. That this solution comes from an ancient practice with a theoretical foundation incompletely understood by modern science should make it even more interesting and worthy of our attention. Clinicians owe it to their patients to learn about alternative, non drug treatments and to answer patients’ questions and concerns knowledgeably and respectfully.”Quoted from: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/acupuncture-for-headache-2018012513146.
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