What is acupuncture?
Across the United States many are beginning to flock to acupuncturists for various concerns. So, what is acupuncture? How does it work?
Acupuncture is an evolved form of traditional ancient Chinese medicine with thousands of years of practice. Performed by licensed practitioners, acupuncture is stimulating specific parts of the body by inserting thin needles through the skin. These thin needles are used to revitalize the body by stimulating the energy pathways along the body. Using insertion techniques, the needles are believed to correct disruption and restore health.
Acupuncture’s general benefits
The general benefits of acupuncture include relief from
- Neck pain
- Chronic pain
Recent studies suggest acupuncture can be used as a comprehensive approach to treating mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression.
Acupuncture and Mental Health
Is acupuncture for me?
A typical approach to tackling mental health concerns include medications such as antidepressants, and psychotherapy. The rate of long-term success is low, with over half of people stopping medication early or deciding to give up on treatment. Finding what works to deal with the symptoms of depression and anxiety can be frustrating.
Michael Forman, DOM of Total Health Restoration believes that an integral part of staying mentally healthy is to have a healthy energy flow in the body. Anxiety and depression are believed to be negative energy and pain that the body is holding onto. Acupuncture uses your own endorphins to work as a natural pain reliever to help relax and energize you.
Benefits of Acupuncture for Mental Health
The benefits of acupuncture on mental health include:
- An enhanced sense of well being
- Deep feeling of relaxation
- Alleviated stress and depression symptoms
- Decrease in stress hormone
- Lower blood pressure and reduced heart rate that helps relax the muscle tissue.