Acupuncture for Anxiety and Depression

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Anxiety and depression affect millions of people a year. Statistics suggest that one person in five will suffer from depression at some time in their life. While many aspects of daily living easier today than they were in the past, peoples’ stress levels has continued to rise and the result has taken its toll on our mental health. Subsequently, anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental-emotional conditions affecting society today. Acupuncture can provide a natural cure, helping you return to a happier, more rewarding life.

Acupuncture has always considered the relationship between the mind, body, and emotions to be inseparable. It views mental and emotional conditions not as a brain dysfunction, but more as an energetic disorder of an inner organ. Chinese theory states that each of the Yin Organs (Heart, Liver, Spleen, Lungs, and Kidneys) correlate to an emotion. Imbalances within these organs are caused by dietary, environmental, lifestyle, and hereditary factors. Over time, the organ’s imbalance manifests as emotional disturbances and physical ailments. Acupuncturists are able to diagnose and treat these disorders by understanding the intimate connection between emotions and an organ’s health.

How are your organs related to your emotions?

The organs connected to emotions are the Heart, Spleen, Liver, Lungs and Kidneys. Each organ can be linked to a variety of symptoms. For example, a lack of enthusiasm and vitality, mental restlessness, depression, insomnia, and despair are symptoms of a Heart disorder. If you are worrying too much, dwelling, or obsessing on a particular topic and prone to excessive mental work then these can be symptoms of a Spleen disorder. Emotional symptoms of the Liver are anger, resentment, frustration, irritability, bitterness, and a short temper. With Lung disorders, we see more grief, sadness, and detachment. With an imbalance of the Kidneys, a person may be fearful, insecure, aloof, isolated, and have weak willpower.

Life Changes

Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, or some other emotional or mental difficulty, you can achieve a better balance if you make changes to your lifestyle. Exercises to help circulate your body’s energy and quiet the mind can also prove to be worthwhile as a complement to acupuncture. Activities such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga and meditation are excellent forms of mind-body exercises that can improve your ability to control both anxiety and depression. Practicing these arts in combination with regular acupuncture treatments will provide the foundation for a positive change in your life.

In my practice, I will help you discover the tools to bring you back to a healthy and happy life. I utilize a combination of acupuncture, nutritional advice, and mind-body exercises to treat the root cause of your anxiety or depression.

If you’re interested in trying a method other than drug therapy to treat your anxiety or depression, then call Banni Koviely at 07952 568966.