Acupuncture has been shown to be a well tolerated adjunct therapy for supporting physical / emotional health. Whether imbalance is due to life transitions, attention issues, recovery from addiction or other reasons, alternative treatments may be beneficial for several key concerns.
Attention issues in both children and adults show promising results using acupuncture. Recent research shows hyperactivity of major limbic regions to be well regulated through acupuncture: http://www.noelravi.ee/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Acupuncture-mobilizes-the-brain´s-default-mode.pdf. (In this particular study the amygdala and hypothalamus were affected by acupuncture, the major areas in the brain for emotional response and control.)
In Chinese Medicine emotions are a natural part of life and are to be moved through and transformed. Acupuncture can be effective in calming the nervous system and giving us clarity to be able to change and manage our emotions. In doing so, our feelings may become our greatest allies as;
Fear becomes Wisdom
Anger becomes Human Kindness
Worry becomes Right action
Grief becomes Gratitude
Many times though, we get stuck, don’t take the time or have the resources to move through a difficult time in our life. Acupuncture supports the body to move emotional energy in a calm and gentle way. It can create a ‘space’ for us to observe and breath through what may be stumbling blocks or difficult challenges in the life – sometimes helping us find solutions that weren’t apparent before. Acupuncture can also help with physical symptoms that may occur with stressful emotions such as:
- Digestive issues
- Loss of appetite / Excessive appetite
- Low libido
- Joint aches and pains
- Anxiety / Irritability
- Sleep (too much or too little)
- Loss of Creativity/artistic blocks
Digestive issues especially have shown a correlation to emotional health. A recent article in Psychology Today showed how our gut and digestion plays a part in our mood and overall sense of well-being:
Additionally, If you have a current therapy or medication protocol we can work in tandem with your physician or therapist. Studies that support acupuncture as an adjunct therapy include:
- In a study published in Journal of Psychiatric review, Researchers found that acupuncture accelerates clinical responses to SSRIs in patients with MDD.
(Journal of Psychiatric Research, Volume 47 (6), Elsevier, June 2013)
- Acupuncture may successfully relieve the adverse effects of antidepressant medications on sex drive and function:
For those who have lesser addictions, such as sugar or smoking, these too can cause enough disruption and physical discomfort in our daily life that it may be time to seek relief. Acupuncture can provide a support platform along with other lifestyle and dietary changes to help relieve cravings and support willpower to see you through your program.