How acupuncture can help the mind.
A completely holistic system, Chinese medicine understands the mind, body and spirit to be seamless
parts of a whole, each impacting, and being effected by, the other. In this way, if one is unbalanced, it can affect all other aspects of our being. For example, imbalances of the organs can impact our mental state, and vice-versa. The mind influences the movement of Qi throughout the body via a network of subtle channels / meridians. Therefore the state of the mind has a strong effect on the quality and quantity of flow. When our mind is happy, our Qi flows freely and smoothly. When the mind is disturbed, the flow of Qi is impaired and can cause illness. .
Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system, resulting in biochemical changes that influence the body's homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional wellbeing. Studies indicate that acupuncture can have a specific positive effect on anxiety and depression by
altering the brain's mood chemistry, increasing production of serotonin and endorphins. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the 'analytical brain' which is responsible for anxiety and worry. Acupuncture can also help to relieve physical ailments
such as chronic pain which may be a contributing cause of depression. In addition, poeple struggling to cope with depression and anxiety usually find that coming to see a supportive therapist on a regular basis is helpful in itself. .
Read more about this in my blog post 'Anxiety and Depression - how acupuncture can help'. Link in bio above. .
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