Acupuncture for Stress, Depression and Anxiety
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 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.
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.
Symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety
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 may 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 TCM may help
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 by:
- 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
How we can help
Dr. Xing uses acupuncture and prescribes herbal medicine for treatment of this condition for his patients in Melbourne. He will do this according to your own conditions and in addition to treatment, Dr. Xing emphasises that lifestyle changes are important, such as:
- 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
Book your appointment today
We are dedicated to helping you achieve the health and wellness that you desire. If you are interested, feel free to call us at our Frankston clinic on 9785 6688, or our Murrumbeena clinic on 9041 8879 to book an appointment today.