Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses worldwide and it is estimated that one in five people will experience depression at some point in their life. In this fast pace world that often leaves many feeling disconnected and stressed out it is important to take care of our mental wellbeing.
TCM techniques such as acupuncture induces relaxation, which decreases the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases energy and tissue regeneration, and reduces stress. As tension is relieved so are headaches. A common side affect is improvement in digestion. Studies show that acupuncture helps increase the production of serotonin and noradrenalin- neurotransmitters often targeted by antidepressants. It also greatly reduces stress and brings the body into a parasympathetic state.
Although acupuncture cannot alter the external elements in an individual’s life, it can relieve feelings of anxiety or depression. As the heavy feelings of stress are relieved, a person feels more confidence in his or her ability to cope with the negative aspects of life and make necessary changes. This in turn can eliminate dependence on sleeping pills, tranquilizers, and antidepressants.