Emotional distress is very common in today’s busy modern lifestyle. As a result, anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental and emotional conditions affecting individuals today. These can result from any number of factors and usually have physical symptoms that coincide with them. As Chinese medicine is a holistic medicine, it can help resolve such issues.
How Can Chinese Medicine Help Anxiety and Depression?
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine consider the connection between mind and body to be inseparable. As people experience stress from the non-stop, constantly on the go mentality inherit in many companies and much of society, as a whole, it can lead to an overload of the body and mind. Likewise, as we encounter hardships in our life, we may be fall into a depression that we feel unable to come out of. Acupuncture can help treat these mental-emotional disorders by allowing your body to experience a deep state of relaxation during treatment, allowing for true rest and healing of both mind and body. Likewise, herbal medicine can help to restore balance in your mind and bring health back to the body.
Chinese Medicine for Anxiety
Many people experience anxiety in their everyday lives. However, if the anxiety affects one’s quality of life, then it becomes an issue. Forms of anxiety range from mild worrying to phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), digestive disorders (caused by the anxiety), insomnia and panic attacks. When anxiety reaches a point where it negatively affects one’s life, then it is indeed time to find help with it. Through Chinese medicine, a balance can be restored in the body, allowing one’s mind to find more relaxation. Treatment, in addition to lifestyle changes, such as meditation, qi gong and exercise, can bring more long term stability in such cases.
Chinese Medicine for Depression
Depression will affect most people at some point in their lives. In the US, more than 15 million Americans suffer from depression every year. A common treatment for depression is anti-depressant medication. However, these medications typically have side effects and alternatives, such as Chinese medicine, can sometimes be better options*. Depression can take many forms and have many different types of symptoms. For many, unexpected changes in one’s life brings it on and they can’t find a way out of it. Acupuncture treatment for depression will focus on breaking through the hole that one has fallen into. Through resolving the physical imbalance that is a result of the depression, the mind can also be positively affected.
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* – Please note that, if you are currently taking medication for depression or anxiety, you should check with your doctor first before reducing or stopping them.