Providing Mental Health Support with Acupuncture
As we head into our second holiday season during of the pandemic, there seems to be a semblance of normalcy returning. Vaccines are available to most children, adults are receiving boosters and many who were forced to work from home have returned back to their offices.
However, after nearly two years of tragedy, isolation, anxiety, and stress, it is vital that we take a look inward at our emotional wellness and mental health. Emotional wellness improves our ability to move forward effectively and involves recognizing and accepting our emotions, thinking clearly, and making decisions.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine fosters our emotional wellness and provides support for mental health disorders by bringing balance back to the body. COVID has caused a major life upheaval as well as emotional distress which imbalances your body and your nervous system. While everyone reacts differently, many are experiencing pain, poor sleep, abnormal digestion, and headaches. Some are even showing signs of Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder, causing mood swings, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and more.
Chinese Medicine does not recognize any mental disorder as one particular syndrome but rather addresses the specific symptoms that are unique to you while also considering your life and dietary habits. This includes acupuncture used to restore imbalances found in your body by focusing on certain points of the anatomy like meridians or organs with different levels of energy depending on what is needed for a person's condition at that time.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Help Manage:
Depressive Disorders: Depression is a crippling disorder that affects many people. Many of the symptoms are hard to cope with, such as insomnia and fatigue, and they can make life feel unbearable sometimes. Acupuncture has helped countless patients who suffer from depression recover their lives again by balancing the body's immune system which ultimately supports immunity as well.
Anxiety Disorders: Anxiety can be caused by many different things and affect people in various ways. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy that helps relieve stressors that trigger anxiety along with relieving the symptoms of anxiety such as insomnia, nausea, and shortness of breath.
PTSD and other Stress-Related Illnesses: Signs that you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can include insomnia, digestive issues, hopelessness, issues related to feeling out of control, intrusive memories, avoidance, negative thoughts, and changes in physical and emotional reactions. Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nervous system, supporting nerve channels, assisting the flow of oxygen-enriched energy, and relaxing the body system.