Inevitably, your emotions will fluctuate from day to day. However, often traumatic events, hormonal changes, or high stress levels will make it difficult for your body to cope with these fluctuations, and emotions can become increasingly suppressed. By activating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, acupuncture helps balance and soothe emotional swings and elicit an overall sense of peace and well-being. Patients typically feel improvements in sleep, digestion, energy, and pain levels, as emotions become more manageable. Acupuncture effectively treats depression, seasonal affective disorder, irritability, anxiety and panic disorders, and helps patients cope with grief and post-traumatic stress. Processing and releasing emotions not only feels better, but is a healthy way to reduce the likelihood of physical manifestations. Many illnesses are thought to have strong emotional components.
Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
Even after your first Acupuncture Treatment, you will likely feel improvement in your sleep that night. Acupuncture stimulates dopamine and serotonin release, and allows for more restful, deep sleep. Multiple sessions are recommended for long-term changes, to address underlying roots that cause chronic sleep problems, such as stress, menopausal syndrome, or energetic imbalances.
In addition, here are some things you can do to improve your sleep naturally:
Unwind before bed – start turning off the TV, computer, and other distractions to begin quieting your mind; spend a few minutes in quiet meditation right before bed, clearing your mind and breathing deeply; moderate or eliminate caffeine in your diet, especially in the late afternoon and evening; stay hydrated throughout the day and begin to taper off fluid consumption at night; take up a regular exercise program to improve your daytime energy and naturally enhance fatigue at night; stick to a regular sleeping schedule so your body gets used to a sleeping and waking routine.
Take a recommended Chinese herbal formula to regulate imbalances that might be causing sleep troubles, frequent waking, nightmares, phobia, sadness, and anxiety.
If you suffer from anxiety, you’re not alone. Anxiety is one of the most common emotional disorders that people experience. All of us experience situational anxiety to some extent – nervousness before your performance review at work, distress when your child is late getting home, or even restlessness in an elevator full of people. These are normal responses. That said, there are many of us who feel disproportionate amounts of anxiety or these feelings and symptoms seem to come on for no reason. “Anxiety” might mean different things to different people: nervousness, stomach ache, chest pain, palpitations and difficulty breathing, or even full-blown panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The great thing about Chinese medicine is that we believe the mind and body are intimately connected (how can they not be, right?) When something is out of whack in your body, expect your mind to be affected – and vice versa. Good news is, We can help. Through detecting energetic changes in your pulse and viewing your tongue (yep, stay with us here)…we can find out which pattern of imbalance your body is experiencing. In Chinese medicine, it’s often the heart and kidney systems that are affected.
Utilizing Acupuncture points along the corresponding energy pathways, we can help your body restore energetic flow, treating both the symptoms and underlying imbalance. For a “Western” translation, think about the Acupuncture needles stimulating the nervous system, activating the parasympathetic response (calming state) and affecting neurotransmitters like serotonin, which help us to relax and sleep.
You will be amazed at the sense of calm and well-being your treatments can bring, as well as improvements n sleep and energy. Better than Xanax or Valium, right? (Unless you enjoy the memory loss, depression, and disorientation that can come with these meds.)
We get the best results combining Acupuncture with Chinese Medicinals and Nutritional guidance. You will be smiling in no time!