A PATH TO WELL-BEING
A beginning principle in Oriental Medicine is that emotions can be, and often are, stored within the tissues of the body. Everything that happens to a person in their life is “written on the body”. Every traumatic incident, every happy memory, every slight, insult, or hurt feeling finds a home somewhere in the body. And there it lives, often expressing itself through tension, pain, or even disease.
The art of Oriental Medicine has created methods to release these stored emotions so that they can be cleared or rendered harmless. Acupuncture and energy work, Such as Reiki or Qi Gong, can allow these physicalized memories to come to the surface and be cleared. Without these stuck emotions, the symptoms of pain, disease, and cyclic recurrence (such as happens with PTSD) resolves.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
One very important difference between Oriental and Western medicines is that in Oriental medicine the mind is found, not in the brain, but in the blood. This is a critical difference, as it is the blood, holding a person’s thoughts and feelings, that carries the traumas and emotions to the various areas of the body to be stored. We can use this same mechanism to free the stored emotions, bringing them to the surface to be cleared.
Too, the flow of blood in the body can be obstructed or otherwise disturbed, thus disturbing or impeding the flow of thoughts and cognition. This can lead to mental disturbances. These disturbances can range from simple forgetfulness to full dementia, from nervousness to panic disorders, from restless sleep to complete insomnia. By treating the flow of blood in the body these mental states can begin to be reversed, bringing a new level of clarity and peace to the mind. There is also, in Oriental medicine, the concept of lifeforce energy, or Qi (pronounced chee), which flows through the body. The free-flow of this energy is the natural state of the body and leads to health and well-being. Blockage, or ‘stagnation’ of the Qi can result in emotional disharmony. Depression, anger, and irritability are common symptoms of the stagnation of Qi. Freeing the blockage, we cannot only clear up the symptoms but also start the process of re-patterning the body to keep these symptoms from returning.
IS THERE AN EXPLANATION FROM A WESTERN MEDICINE PERSPECTIVE? In Western medical theory the emotions are influenced by brain chemicals: either hormones or neurotransmitters. Research has shown that acupuncture can help regulate many of these chemicals, including: melatonin (controls the sleep cycle); serotonin (regulates mood); dopamine (provides a pleasure response); noradrenaline (relaxes the body and mind); and cortisol (helps with managing stress).
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in the management of:
- Substance abuse/ addiction issues
SO WHY CHOOSE ACUPUNCTURE?
- Effective relief of symptoms
- No side-effects
- Can treat multiple symptoms at once
- Can prevent the development of new symptoms
AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH
While acupuncture has been shown in many studies to be effective in the reduction of psychological symptoms and can even stand alone for mild symptoms of the conditions listed above, it is highly suggested to utilize a multi-layered approach to mental and emotional wellness. This can, and should, include adding counseling from a trained professional to your care regimen, as well as other therapies, including, but not limited to, medication, as needed. If you are already under the care of a counselor your acupuncturist will work closely with them to assure that you get optimal results.
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