Before we look at how acupuncture works for anxiety, depression and other emotional discomforts, we should first ask what is depression? What is anxiety? How are they related?
Anxiety and depression sound like they are on the opposite ends of the spectrum, but they are really two sides of the same coin – both are outcries of the heart in response to threat, real or perceived. Life can be terrifying and anxiety alerts us to the fact that our survival is threatened in some way. For some it is the threat of ending up under the bridge, for others it is the threat of public speaking and yet for others it is the threat of stepping out of the apartment. Regardless of the cause, the underlying theme is fear of being hurt, fear of not surviving.
“I will not survive being a loser”
“I will not survive an interview”
“I will not survive people’s opinions of me”
“I will not survive the plane ride”
“I will not survive being screamed at”
“I will not survive criticism”
If anxiety can not be contained, one goes into the mode of a panic attack where one can no longer think rationally and is simply drowning in catastrophic fear.
Similarly, when one feels burned out by life, depression sets in. Depression is the time of natural low. It is a type of healing mechanism that helps us retreat from life in order to heal and re-calibrate. The book of Ling Shu (Spiritual Axis) draws a parallel between depression and a fog that has descended onto a battlefield where fighting continued for days. Just as the cool mist settles over the valley covering the wounds, so does depression settles over the exhausted soul, slowing them down enough to make recovery possible.
So how does acupuncture fit into all of this?
Acupuncture promotes release of neurotransmitters (brains way of communicating), serotonin and noradrenaline, all of which affect the mood of a person. Figuratively speaking, we create the mental space for reflection and delaying of reaction. Annie Lamont said: “Almost anything will work again if you unplug it, including you”. Acupuncture treatment for anxiety and depression is designed to do just that.
According to Chinese Medical thinking, disease occurs when the dynamic equilibrium within the body as well as between the body and environment fails and as a result, damages the normal physiological functions. Additionally, the causes of diseases are divided into two principal categories: external and internal. External deseases are cased by the environment and are usually related to climatic conditions. Internal diseases are caused by the Seven Emotions (joy, anger, sadness, pensiveness, grief, fear and fright).
In Chinese Medical thinking, a disfunction of one of the organs can lead to overwhelming emotions. The opposite is also true – an extreme emotion can impair the proper function of the organ.
When treating anxiety and depression with acupuncture, we address the organ system that causes the overwhelming emotion but more importantly, we aim to create distance between the person and the intensity of his/her feelings.
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