Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the 'analytical' brain which is responsible for anxiety and worry. Read more about the research here.
In Chinese medicine, mental and emotional health symptoms are seen as part of a pattern that describes an overall disharmony or imbalance. Below are some common patterns that may be seen in people dealing with mental health issues.
Heart Blood Deficiency
Anxiety, palpitations, easily startled, poor memory, cold hands, mild dizziness, difficultly falling asleep, dream disturbed sleep.
Acupuncture points such as St36, Sp6, Ht7, Bl15 may be used to help nourish the blood and strengthen Heart qi. It is also important to try and find time in your life to be quiet and calm and initiate positive rituals such as this.
Liver Qi Constraint
Depression, feelings of frustration, outbursts of crying, frequent sighing, irritability, feelings of 'stuffiness' in the chest, belching, abdominal distention.
Acupuncture points such as Liv3, GB34, Liv13, Bl18 may be used to help smooth the Liver qi. It is also important to exercise - running, swimming, yoga - and to try and find a way to express your emotions, even if this it involves writing it down in a diary rather than saying it out loud.
Lung Qi Deficiency
Depression, weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath, easily catch colds and coughs, dislike of speaking.
Acupuncture points such as Lu1, Lu9, St36, Bl13 may be used to help strengthen the Lung qi. It could also be beneficial to practice some breathing exercises such as this.
Patterns are usually assessed on an individual basis - if you are interested in receiving thorough consultation and treatment with one of our Acupuncturists at Be Well London, please
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