The entwined mental health issues of depression and anxiety can affect every area of a person's life. Depression can make getting started in your day nearly impossible and when anxiety chimes in with the feelings of everything that isn’t and can’t possibly be accomplished, it simply feeds into the desolation of the depression.
While you may already be in treatment for it or be taking medications, acupuncture can help alleviate depression and anxiety as well.
What Parts of The Body are Treated?
In traditional Chinese medicine relates anxiety to an imbalance of the heart and kidney.Acupuncture on points around the heart, kidney, spleen and ear are used to treat anxiety. While acupuncture has been used to treat depression for thousands of years, it is only recently years that western medicine has taken notice of the benefits of acupuncture in the treating people with depression.
Heart, liver, lung and spleen are noted for emotions as well as depression. Acupuncture points include hand and wrist, lower back and various parts of your leg.
How Does Acupuncture Work with Anxiety & Depression?
When energy becomes blocked in the body, it can cause or intensify depression. The use of (hair-thin) needles in various locations is used to unblock energy paths. The flow of energy through the body is directed by the brain, but also through the entire nervous system.
Acupuncture can improve the flow of this energy throughout the body, resulting in improved mood.
The needles are used to fix blocked energy or imbalances in your body, which will also influence your mind to a more positive focus.
Where energy gets ‘stuck’, acupuncture can clear the meridians, a set of pathways in the body along which vital energy flows. There are twelve pathways associated with specific organs, in your body to allow Qi to freely move about.
While the treatment with acupuncture is not immediate, over time symptoms are alleviated and a new revitalization in life happens. As with counseling or medications, acupuncture sessions with Karmabridge Acupunture and Herbals, P.C. will work to give you the best you possible.