Acupuncture for Anxiety, Stress and Depression
What is stress?
Stress is a reaction created when we react to certain events. It is your body’s way of protecting you by preparing to meet challenging situations with focus, stamina and alertness. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic and alert. The events that provoke stress are called stressors. The human body responds to stressors by activating the nervous system and specific hormones. The hypothalamus signals the adrenal glands to produce more of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, and release them into the bloodstream.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a response to a threat or to stress and is experienced occasionally by everyone. With this response, a variety of physical changes, such as increased blood flow, provide the body with the necessary energy and strength to deal with life-threatening situations. However, when anxiety is so severe and intense that it interferes with a person’s daily routines, it is considered bad. Anxiety is more common than any other sort of mental health disorder and is believed to affect about 15% of adults in Australia and Melbourne.
What is depression?
Depression has been perceived as a condition caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. It is a serious illness where people tend to suffer from emotional unease. While we all tend to feel sad, from time to time, some people experience these feelings severely, for long periods of time and often without reason. People with depression find it hard to concentrate and participate in everyday activities. Similar to anxiety and stress, depression is one of the most common mental health problems. One in five people will experience depression at some stage of their lives.
Symptoms related to stress, anxiety and depression
The current lifestyle of ever increasing pressure and a quicker pace of life are making stress, anxiety and depression increasingly common. If you have any of these conditions and do not manage them properly, your health will be affected and other problems may arise. Symptoms related to stress, anxiety and depression can vary from person to person. Common symptoms include:
- Persistent, excessive or unrealistic worries
- Negative thoughts
- A phobia of everyday objects and social situations
- Panic attacks
- Appetite or weight changes
- Loss of energy
- Concentration problems
- Aches and pains
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Aggravate other stress related conditions such as headaches/migraines, insomnia, hypotension and heart diseases
How does acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine help treat stress, anxiety and depression?
Acupuncture for anxiety offers a natural and effective solution by stimulating the central nervous system and increasing the production of endorphins and enkephalins. These are naturally occurring chemicals in the body that improve a person’s mood and overall well-being.
Acupuncture is based on balancing the body’s Qi or life energy which regulates the body’s spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance. Depression, anxiety and stress are caused by abnormal emotions leading to the stagnation of Qi. Chinese medicine is based on the belief that the emotions are governed by individual organs. The body and the mind are a real part of the same functional system. Acupuncture for anxiety a holistic method, integrates the body and mind and balances emotional distress naturally, safely and more successfully because it:
- Promotes the body’s natural healing abilities
- Is a holistic medicine, has never separated the mind and body and comprehensively treats both the physical and mental symptoms of conditions
- Enhances the health of anyone with conditions caused by drug side effects, cancer, endocrine abnormalities, etc.
- Acupuncture for anxiety helps patients by reducing or eliminating the need for medication and its inherent side effects and thereby lowering the cost of treatment
- Emphasizes prevention and health maintenance. A healthy diet, exercise and stress reduction techniques can be very helpful in maintaining mental and physical health
Dr. Xing’s Acupuncture for anxiety in Melbourne
Dr. Xing uses acupuncture and prescribes herbal medicine for treatment of this condition for anyone in Melbourne. He will do this according to your own conditions. His treatment has been proven very successful. In addition to treatment, Dr. Xing emphasizes that lifestyle changes are important in recovering from stress and anxiety, for example:
- Reducing or eliminating nicotine, caffeine and alcohol consumption
- Avoiding hot, spicy, cold and raw foods
- Avoiding over thinking and overly ambitious goals
- Avoiding exhaustion
- Taking Vitamin B, magnesium and iron
If you suffer from stress and anxiety, please feel free to contact Dr. Jim Xing. He will treat you according to your health circumstances with his herbal medicine and acupuncture for anxiety.
Helped at the centre:
Stress, one of the most common ailments of the last half of this century, is the root cause of many health problems for the sufferer. TCM effectively helps people become relieved from stress, and many patients suffering from this ailment have been successfully treated at our clinic. Dr. Jim Xing has seen significant improvement in this condition over a 2-3 week period, after treating Melbourne patients with traditional herbs. Depression and anxiety are also related to stress, and thus the symptoms of stress are also associated with these conditions.
One patient had a car accident 17 years ago, which resulted in mental depression through the years. About 3 months ago his depression became much worse and was accompanied by a gall bladder stone, pain in the abdomen, constipation, headaches and insomnia. Recently, he came to see Dr. Jim Xing and had a course of Chinese herbal treatments. After just one week, he was feeling much better and his condition was dramatically improving. After five weeks, all symptoms were virtually gone. He still continues with the herbal treatments as general maintenance for his health.