Mood Disorders

Acupuncture is a Natural & Safe Method of Treatment for Depression, Anxiety & Stress

Acupuncture can be used to affect the release of neurochemical messenger molecules, triggering biochemical changes that cultivate physical and emotional wellbeing. Mood disorders in Chinese medicine are understood to be the result of physical imbalances in the body. By rectifying these imbalances through acupuncture, the body and mind are brought back into sync, restoring mental health and wellbeing. Acupuncture can also be used effectively in combination with a number of traditional western methods of mental health treatment including medication and therapy.

How Does Chinese Medicine Treat Mental Health Conditions?

In traditional Chinese medicine, mood disorders are understood to be the result of disharmony or imbalance in the body. By this logic, treating mental illness becomes a matter of recognising the patterns of disharmony and restoring balance to the body.
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In western medical terms acupuncture increases the production of serotonin and endorphins, and also reduces stress and pain through neurological stimulation. Two of the most common mental health conditions which acupuncture can be used to treat are depression and anxiety.

Depression
Depression in Chinese medicine is understood as a problem with the circulation of qi (life force) around the body. A coagulation or imbalance of qi can be corrected through stimulating the source points connected to the liver (and to a lesser extend the heart and spleen), which is the main organ responsible for this circulatory system. In western medicine terms, acupuncture for depression is thought to act as a kind of neurological pain killer, reducing stress and pain levels in the brain.

Anxiety
In Chinese medicine, anxiety is thought to stem from and imbalance between the heart and kidney. The heart (fire) overpowers the kidney (water) and rises to the mind, leading to anxiety and its associated symptoms. Treatment involves a focus on restoring balance between these two organs. In western medicine this type of treatment has been shown in some studies to slow the production of stress hormones, and have a similar effect to cognitive behaviour therapy in reducing anxiety in a patient.

For more information on the ways acupuncture can be used to manage mood disorders, contact My Acupuncture on 9543 3866.