Having troubles coping with stress or depression?
While we all have times when we feel stressed and not quite ourselves, debilitating bouts of depression or anxiety can occur over an extended period of time. People of all backgrounds experience such conditions. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, at least 17.3 million adults have experienced major depression at least once in their lifetime. Nearly 40 million Americans also have anxiety disorders. Due to acupuncture and acupressure’s proven effectiveness for treating depression and anxiety, pharmacological agents tend to cause side effects.
Anxiety and Stress: What Effect Do They Have on Your Body?
Stress is a natural reaction to challenging or overwhelming circumstances. When stress levels rise, they can negatively impact your quality of life. Although stress increases productivity and improves focus, it can also have a negative impact on your life. Stress and anxiety can lead to headaches, insomnia, and a lack of energy if they are frequent, ongoing, and/or intense. You may feel restricted or unable to function normally. The benefits of acupressure include increased health, reduced stress, and improved overall wellbeing.
Concerns about mental health
For mental health issues like depression and anxiety, it is often best to use a multi-pronged approach. A psychiatrist or primary care physician should always be consulted before making changes to a prescribed treatment plan.
Always seek medical advice before stopping antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications. It is dangerous to stop using those pharmaceuticals if you don’t do it correctly. Nevertheless, acupuncture is a drug-free option if you’re seeking relief from depression or anxiety.
Study results conducted by York University, England, found that in patients receiving acupuncture along with their usual treatment for depression, their symptoms were reduced significantly. Acupuncture is also listed by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America as a complementary health practice.
What are the benefits of acupuncture? This question has many answers. TCM teaches that your organs play a major role in your spiritual well-being, especially your heart, lungs, liver, spleen, and kidneys. Grief is associated with the lungs. Grief is taken in by the lungs, processed, and then expelled from the body when they are in balance, just like air. The grieving process can become overwhelming and linger when the lungs are unbalanced. The purpose of acupuncture is to unblock the pathways of energy in your body, ensuring your organs can regain balance and reach a state of equilibrium physically and emotionally.