Acupuncture for anxiety and depression
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating emotional disorders including work stress, anxiety, depression (with antidepressants), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and melancholic depression.
Traditional Chinese medicine is based on an understanding of the flow of Qi (energy) throughout the body. Each of the Five Elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water) represents a quality of Qi that is vital to health and wellbeing.
The elements are associated with particular organs and with emotions.
- Wood – liver and gall bladder, and anger
- Fire – heart and small intestine, and joy
- Earth – spleen and stomach, and overthinking
- Lung – lung and large intestine, and grief
- Water – kidney and bladder, and fear
Acupuncture for emotional disorders is aimed at restoring balance in the Qi associated with the relevant emotion. Sometimes the imbalance is in more than one organ/element and the emotional disturbances are more complex. For example, if someone is experiencing extreme mood swings between joy and fear it shows an imbalance in the “fire” and “water”, or the heart and kidney.
In traditional Chinese medicine, emotional disorders can play an important role in disrupting the immune system and can lead to poor health. Acupuncture aimed at managing stress and anxiety is also aimed at treating the symptoms such as disturbed sleep, digestive complaints, and headaches.
Acupuncture is widely used to treat a range of mental health problems, however, it is difficult to scientifically evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment as it is highly individualised.
Acupuncture for emotional disorders on Sydney's Lower North Shore
Experienced acupuncturist, Victor Fenech offers treatment for anxiety and depression and other emotional disorders at Well Balanced Healthcare in Mosman. With bus stops and car parking in the vicinity, the clinic is easily accessed from Neutral Bay, Cremorne, Mosman, North Sydney and Milsons Point. Book a consultation with Victor Fenech online today.
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