Acupuncture and Mental Health
Accessing Your Qi: The Many Benefits of Acupuncture for Mental
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 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,
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 Laurel
Monica Acupuncture and Wellness.