It’s hard to believe that a healing technique that is 3,000 years old can help such a variety of different conditions in today’s modern world. Although acupuncture is most widely known for treating physical pain, there are a lot of emotional conditions it can help immensely, such as stress, anxiety and depression.
Acupuncture works by improving the body’s ability to function and promote its natural process of self-healing through the stimulation of specific points on the body. This works for healing the emotional aspects of the mind just as much as it can work for the physical healing of the body.
According to Transformational Acupuncture, acupuncture can be described as “physical therapy for the nervous system” in that it entrains the nervous system and brain to behave in ways that correspond to desired effects, such as a more stable mood, calmness, better self-esteem or feeling happier and more in control. Whereas stress is one of the main reasons people decide to get acupuncture, depression is usually an underlying symptom, and thus sees the benefits of treatment as well.
The root of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine lies in the idea that the mind and body are interconnected, seeing thoughts and emotions are the things that drive any of our physical ailments. Conditions like stress and anxiety, that throw your mind completely off track, can wreak havoc on your body physically too.
Acupuncture helps to balance out the central nervous system, which is the one thing that links all of the emotional, physical, cognitive and behavioral symptoms together. And we all know, balance is key.
When the nervous system is behaving at its best, our emotional wellbeing will also be at its prime. You might feel more mental clarity, more relaxed and able to focus more, and realize that those things that used to trigger your anxiety and depression are no longer there.
The use of acupuncture for medical and mental health conditions is consistently rising, and may sometimes even be partially covered by insurance policies. More and more people are turning to acupuncture to help treat their depression, anxiety or stress conditions. If this is something you’ve been thinking about trying, call us at Integrative Acupuncture and schedule a free consultation with one of our holistic practitioners. We are here to listen and help you discover emotional freedom from whatever has been burdening you.