Stress, Anxiety & Depression


Stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia can be effectively treated by acupuncture and herbal medicine. Psychological disorders are medical illnesses characterized by both physical and psychological symptoms that can be detrimental to one’s normal daily functioning. Patients usually complain of persistent feeling of sadness and a lack of interest in activities that they previously enjoyed, poor sleeping habits, crying spells, stress, worry, poor memory, inability to concentrate, head and body aches, stomach disturbances, and in extreme cases, thoughts of suicide or self-harm. The suffer often feels weak, exhausted and somnolent. They can’t concentrate and memory deteriorates.

Acupuncture can significantly reduce drug withdrawal symptoms. Scientists started to pay attention to the hypothesis that this ancient Chinese therapeutic technique can be beneficial to the treatment of mood disorders like stress and anxiety. A study was at the Wayne County General Hospital in Michigan, USA, they have found that acupuncture produces an increase in brain chemicals that are believed to be in short supply in people who are depressed. The study findings suggest that using acupuncture could be as effective as other types of treatments for relieving stress symptoms typically used in Western medicine, such as drugs, particularly when used in combination with massage and herbal treatments.

In our clinic, treatment of stress and anxiety is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach. According to the TCM theories, health is maintained by the unobstructed flow of Qi that regulates the physical, mental and spiritual balance. In addition, the opposing forces of yin and yang regulate all organs. When the entire system is in balance, optimal health occurs. Depression and anxiety can be the result of an imbalance of yin and yang in liver and heart which causes blockage of related meridians. We use acupuncture to remove obstructions to the flow of Qi and restore balance in organs. This is a holistic healing approach, which is not only effective in treating emotional problems; it also addresses the physical realm.


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