The Benefits of Acupuncture for Mental Health
Heal the Mind
“The inside affects the outside.” This is the Eastern philosophy that Dr. James Kim has adopted into his acupuncture technique for about 20 years, which is why he believes in and practices acupuncture for mental health stability. Through acupuncture, herb, and the Qi (energy flow), Dr. Kim from Total Wellness Center has helped many patients, on both their natural and physical condition. However, traditional acupuncture can heal your body beyond the physical form, but can heal the mental state as well. Every one of us has and will at one point in our lives, face emotional distress. The relation between acupuncture and our mental wellness, indeed, goes hand in hand. Here’s how the treatment can improve your health mentally.
The Five Elements and Emotions
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, emotions have a physiological effect on our bodies. These emotions are represented by five elements and five parts of the human body.
• Water (Kidney)- Fear and Depression
• Earth (Spleen)- Anxiety and Worry
• Fire (Heart)- Happiness
• Wood (Liver)- Anger and Frustration
• Metal (Lung)- Sadness
Acupuncture needles points to treat the emotions that lay upon different parts of the body. The principle of the Five Elements refers to the flow of the Qi and the balance of yin and yang. The core of these elements is Fire (Heart). Your emotional well-being is in direct correlation to this element. If the heart is strong, then the mind is calm and healthy. If the heart is imbalanced, then joy disappears and depression occurs.
Imbalance in the Body
An unhealthy mind can be reflected in sleeping and eating disruptions. According to Chinese Medical theory, imbalance in the body causes mental illness. The Qi is disrupted and imbalance occurs due to your mental state of mind. Acupuncture, as well as herbal medicine and massage, ultimately relaxes and revitalize the condition of a person.
Depression, for example, is one of the major disruptions that prevent energy from flowing through your body. A deep feeling of relaxation suppresses depression by releasing endorphins (body’s natural painkillers) and improving the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids, thus pulling new oxygen to your body. According to a study ran by the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, patients reported that acupuncture and massage helped to decrease stress, lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate and relax muscle tissue.
Anxiety is another major disruption to your mental health. Some people who experience anxiety do not know how to cope and overcome it. This causes disorders such as OCD, PTSD, social anxiety, and panic disorder to grow. Ancient Chinese medicine points to the imbalance of the heart and kidney as the source of anxiety. Acupuncture points around the heart, kidney, spleen, and ear are used effectively to treat this mental illness.
The benefits of acupuncture on your physical and mental self are abundant. Visit or call Total Wellness Center today to learn more about the process and benefits of acupuncture, herbal medicines, and Qi.