Yin Tang Acupuncture Point

Can Acupuncture Help Stress, Anxiety & Depression?

As a Traditional 5 Element Acupuncturist, in my experience, acupuncture can be used to help all of the above. There are, of course, a variety of factors that can contribute to a person developing stress, anxiety and depression, and they can be interlinked. I regularly see people at the Clinic suffering from all, or a combination, of these three debilitating conditions. This time of year, in particular, can be particularly difficult for many.

Stress can manifest itself in a variety of ways, physical symptoms such as headache, backache and sleeping problems are common and extremely draining.

Anxiety and depression can result due to, among other things, childbirth, hormonal problems, stress itself, bereavement and can also be known to run in families.

I take an in-depth personal history to determine the circumstances or conditions contributing to, or causing the problem. I’ll then assess the patient’s pulses and discover the related symptoms.

My main aim is to put the whole body, mind and spirit back into balance. I do this by using 5 Element Acupuncture; a system that works by determining the patient’s element and treating it accordingly.

Sufferers generally display low levels of the mood enhancing brain chemicals known as dopamine, noradrenaline, serotonin and GABA. Acupuncture stimulates the Central Nervous System releasing chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain, thus promoting the body’s natural healing ability. Treatment has been shown to have a calming effect, producing a feeling of well-being, helping to combat stress.

One study concluded that 70% of patients treated with Acupuncture experienced a 50%, or greater, reduction in their symptoms. 1.

Researchers at the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine found that six weeks of Acupuncture resulted in a decrease in slow wave delta waves and an increase in fast alpha brain waves, associated with relaxation. 2.

Acupuncture has been used to treat the side effects and dependence of sleeping pills, tranquilizers and anti-depressants. Although it must be stressed that prospective patients must consult their doctors before attempting to alter any medication that they’ve been prescribed.

Consultations are completely confidential, I have much experience in dealing with stress, anxiety and depression and I’m pleased to say that I’ve helped many patients to improve and overcome a range of related conditions.

To manage anxiety levels in-between acupuncture treatments, you may also be interested in a previous post on tension headaches, which discusses the acupressure point Yin Tang (pictured). This point can be used for calming the mind and the point Heart 7, that I introduced in my blog last month, is another point to help ease anxiety. Stimulate these points in this order (Yin Tang followed by Heart 7), using the techniques described in the posts, to help bring the energy down when you start to feel anxious.

To book an appointment or to discuss treatment please call our Acupuncture & Natural Health Centre – The Mitchell Hill Clinic in Truro on 01872 274774. Alternatively, please feel free to email me direct.

1. Allen, J., Schnyer, R., Hitt, S. The Efficacy of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in Women. Psychol. Sci. 1998:9:397-401.

2. Yang X; Liu X; Luo H; Jia Y. Clinical observation on needling extra channel points in treating mental depression. Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CHINA) Mar 1994, 14 (1) p14-8

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