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Acupuncture and Mental Health


Accessing Your Qi: The Many Benefits of Acupuncture for Mental Health
 

Many homeopathic and holistic experts believe the mind and body must be in balance in order for an individual to reach total wellness. Though sometimes physically we are feeling healthy, we may still suffer from stress, anxiety, and depression that can cause mental suffering. Our bodies and minds are intricately intertwined; this is why anxiety can cause headaches, depression can cause insomnia, and stress can result in stomach pain. 

acupuncture for mental healthAcupuncture for mental health can alleviate stress, depression, and anxiety. It has also been used to treat more severe disorders such as schizophrenia, hysteria, neurosis, and other mental health afflictions. The ancient practice of acupuncture has been used to treat mental and physical affliction for thousands of years. And its easy to understand why; simply put, acupuncture works.

Those that follow the ancient medicinal practice of acupuncture believe the body's vital energy or life force is called Qi (pronounced chee). It is believed Qi is what provides nourishment to the mind and body; supporting every cell, muscle, organ, and gland within. The practice of acupuncture is used to help "heal" this vital life force in order to maintain wellness and balance.

Acupuncture involves the stimulation of pressure points in the body. When acupuncture is preformed, the body releases serotonin and peptides like endorphins into the system. The activation of these natural chemicals is believed to clear stagnation in the body allowing for the organs to receive increased blood flow, higher oxygen levels, and nourishment.

Stagnation of good energy flow can prevent the body from maintaining proper balance, it is through the practice of acupuncture that the body and mind can achieve mutual peace and promote healing and growth. By releasing "feel good" chemicals like serotonin, those suffering from mental distress can enjoy a much needed sense of well being, relaxation, and peace.

For more information on how acupuncture can help you find relief and peace of mind from mental affliction, contact Laurie.

Acupuncture for anxiety - a natural cure

Acupuncture is very effective at alleviating stress and anxiety.


Worldwide, anxiety is among the most common forms of mental illness, afflicting individuals with symptoms ranging from occasional bouts of natural physical reactions to stressful situations such as that nervous feeling in the stomach prior to a major presentation, to more dramatic physical responses such as tachycardia (racing heart), chest pain, sweaty hands, shortness of breath, nausea, and headache.


In addition to physical symptoms, people suffering from anxiety may experience confusion, inability to relax, poor memory and concentration, fear, obsessive thoughts, and similar upsetting emotional symptoms.


A trained acupuncturist such as Dr. Laurie Binder uses acupuncture for anxiety by determining the pattern of anxiety and selecting the most appropriate locations to place the tiny acupuncture needles to bring relief.

Acupuncture works by stimulating points on the body that correlate to areas in which the natural flow of energy or qi (pronounced "chee") through the body is blocked.

 Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), of which acupuncture is a vital part, understands the mind and body as a single unit in which emotions affect the physical body and vice-versa, which is part of the reason that using acupuncture for anxiety has yielded such wonderful results.


For example, a 2103 article on Acupuncture, Anxiety & Depression on the website Psych Central says, "it was proved that acupuncture is comparable to cognitive-behavioral therapy, which psychologists commonly use to treat anxiety" and that "stress hormones were lower in rats after receiving electric acupuncture."


Working out of her Los Angeles office, Dr. Binder is able to meld her decade of training in TCM with her 20 years of experience as a Certified Nurse Practitioner to bring each patient the perfect amalgamation of Eastern and Western solutions. Depending on the pattern of anxiety presented, she chooses the acupuncture points that offer the fastest and most long-lasting anxiety reduction.


Thus she continues the centuries-old practice of using the power of acupuncture for anxiety to alleviate symptoms and create the appropriate energetic balance necessary to maintain optimum health.


Contact her to schedule an appointment and start feeling better now.


Read more about acupuncture for anxiety and whatever else ails you on Dr. Binder's blog.


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