Acupuncture – Anxiety and Depression
Acupuncture is a form of therapy that originates in China. It functions by the principle of stimulating body points or the body meridians to correct the flow of energy. The Chinese methodology emphasizes on the cooperation of the mind and the body moving as one. Reports show that acupuncture is as an acceptable form of treatment for several conditions.
You may ask, “Do I have Anxiety Disorder?”
Anxiety is one the most common mental illnesses. Some suffer occasionally, but others cannot manage to overcome stressful circumstances in everyday life. Stressful conditions can oppress the mind and bring about negative emotions that make you feel miserable and sad. Sometimes, it can make you dislike yourself and others.
Symptoms of anxiety can be controlled and be dealt with, and it can start off with the following reactions:
• Physical – a heart beat that is irregular
• Cognitive – a mind that is full of negative or depressive thoughts
• Behavioral – an attitude that shows aggressiveness and restlessness
• Emotional – a fearful state of mind
Different anxiety disorders may be diagnosed with the above-mentioned symptoms. These include:
• Panic disorder
• Social anxiety disorder
• Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Why does Acupuncture work for Anxiety?
Are you feeling anxious? Looking for a natural way to treat anxiety? Research shows that acupuncture is the best treatment for anxiety, and it can help cure a condition that affects everyone at all times. Acupuncture also works faster than other therapy and keeps you drug-free.
Acupuncture controls anxiety by treating the part of the brain that controls emotions. It diminishes anxiety naturally. Unlike with drug-based treatments, acupuncture has fewer side effects. It also works more rapidly and facilitates the body to heal itself. Research studies show that patients whose anxiety-induced rashes almost fade away in just two treatments.
Depression and Acupuncture
It was also found in research that acupuncture considerably eases anxiety and stress as well as improves depression. You may ask yourself, “I think I’m depressed. Where do I start?”
Depression is a widespread mental health crisis that influences people of all ages. Almost 65 percent of adults will have depression at some time in their lives, and it can be terrible enough to slow them down with their everyday activities.
Women are most likely to suffer from depression, possibly because of hormonal changes. Depression costs millions of dollars per year in medication, benefits, and working days lost. The prediction of World Health Organization that in 2020, depression will be next to chronic heart disease as an international burden.
We understand that every one of us occasionally experiences low mood, but this emotion commonly passes after a few days. With a person who has clinical depression, this problem can become chronic to the point that it already interferes with his or her daily life. When a person has low mood, loses his or her interest in enjoyable activities, experiences anxiety, irritability, fatigue, body pains, and suicidal thought among other negative thoughts, that person is known to have symptoms of depression.
Depression can be due to environmental and psychological factors or triggers from stressful events, such as illness, mourning for lost loved one, financial difficulties, or relational problems.
How Can Acupuncture Help? How effective is the treatment?
Acupuncture is able to stimulate the nervous system and release the chemicals in the brain that affect happiness. Chemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, which maintain the body temperature, blood pressure, and glucose or sugar concentration. You should maintain these mechanisms to promote physical and emotional well-being.
Studies show that acupuncture can have a beneficial effect on depression by changing and modifying the brain’s mood chemistry, and by increasing production of serotonin and endorphins.
Acupuncture can help treat physical illnesses such as chronic pain, which is a cause of depression. In addition to the therapy itself, acupuncturists will often time make suggestions for diet and lifestyle changes that will certainly be useful in overcoming depression.
Relaxation by Acupuncture
For most of the patients, the experience of acupuncture is quite pleasant and relaxing. At Beyond Wellness, patients lay quietly on the table while needles are in, the lighting is very low, with lovely music playing. The patients will surely feel bliss the moment they finish the therapy.