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Acupressure Can Help Relieve Or Cure Depression

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For one out of ten people including children, depression is a serious illness that they have to cope occasionally or regularly. This mental condition can potentially affect anyone. Oftentimes, we may not be aware that we’re suffering from depression, but if it is not addressed after a while, it can significantly impact our everyday life.

Depression can manifest certain common signs and some of these signs you can identify and some may be difficult to deal with. If you have the following problems, you may be more or less suffering from depression.

1. Having a feeling that nothing will get better or a feeling of hopelessness or helplessness.

2. Sleeping too much, sleeplessness, or experiencing sleeping difficulties.

3. Difficulty remembering things, making decisions, or concentrating.

4. Major weight gain or loss, eating too little or too much.

5. Being bad-tempered and irritable than usual.

6. Loss of interest in activities that are easy to accomplish and before were considered very interesting for the person.

7. Stomach pain, back pain, headaches, and other types of physical pain.

8. Feeling of heaviness, sluggishness, fatigue, lack of energy.

9. Low sex drive.

10. The person strongly criticizes himself. Sees life as meaningless and not worth living, has suicidal ideations.

Aside for professional help, depression can be relieved or treated by applying pressure to two acupuncture points: the Liver 3 (taichong) point and the Pericardium 6 (neiguan) points.

The liver 3 point is responsible for regulating the emotions, clearing the mind, relieving irritability, and for the health of the liver.

The pericardium point is found on the inner side of the arms on their center lines, 3 cun from the lines of the wrist. They control psychological wellbeing, normalization of the mind, and the health of the heart.

Massage and apply acupressure on both sides of these two points everyday for 5 – 10 minutes or whenever you need to uplift your mood and reenergize your mind and body with energy. The health benefits are even greater if before going to bed at night, you get a hot water foot bath and afterwards massage the liver 3 point.

In addition, you can also use the acupoint Cv 17 or tanshong point to uplift your mood. This point is associated with the conception meridian and is found between the centers of the breasts. It provides energy to the heart and builds up chest energy. It is intimately tied to our emotions. Applying acupressure on this point will give you peaceful feelings and calm you down whenever you feel angry, upset, or sad.

Each day for two or three minutes, with 4 fingers closed, rub the Cv 17 point downwardly and in a clock wise manner. Administering acupressure to this point can help relieve or cure rapid heartbeat, congested chest, cough, or asthma. For women, it can improve the health of their breast.

Lastly, to avoid depression you need to have a positive outlook towards life. Be more forgiving and tolerant, participate in meaningful activities listen, converse with cheerful people, listen to joyful and peaceful music, and let go of things you have no control of.

Before embarking on any health and therapy program, you need to always seek the advice of a doctor or healthcare provider.

Thrive Wellness Center is an acupuncture clinic in Boca Raton, FL providing Chinese medicine treatments for many health conditions.

Written by Valerie

October 24th, 2017 at 5:20 am

Depression Can Be Treated Naturally and Efficiently Using Acupuncture Treatments

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A pilot study conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona showed acupuncture to be a promising and extremely reliable treatment for depression in women. Depression is actually one of the most commonly heard medical complaints by doctors in the United States. Sadly however, a lot of sufferers aren’t getting the right treatments so they tend to stop seeking treatment at the early stages of this condition. What’s more, for those who have availed of treatments, after they have recovered, many are not entirely cured and oftentimes suffer from relapses. More and more patients with depression are adding natural and alternative forms of treatment to their conventional therapies that include drugs and psychotherapy.

Acupuncture for the treatment of depression in Bellingham can come in the form of electro acupuncture. This procedure involves the application of a mild electrical current surging through acupuncture needles inserted into the skin. Scientists have discovered that acupuncture to be quite effective in treating depression associated with a chronic medical condition and for mild depression.

One of the safest and natural ways to treat depression, acupuncture is effective in treating stress and anxiety, as well. These three mental conditions (depression, stress, and anxiety) are mainly the result of chemical imbalances in the brain. Sleeping pills, anti-anxiety meds, and antidepressants are the most commonly used conventional treatments for depression. The toxicity inherent in these drugs leads to symptoms such as low libido, drowsiness, headache, and blurred vision among others.

Acupuncture is a form of treatment that naturally helps stimulate the central nervous system resulting in the increased development of natural painkilling chemicals in the body such as enkephalins and endorphins. These chemicals help uplift the mood and generate a sense of well-being in the person. Acupuncture is rooted in the balance and addition of vital energy or QI. Qi is the force that regulates the physical, mental, and emotional balance of the body. So, depression, stress, and anxiety develop from abnormal emotions that lessen the proper circulation of Qi.

The Chinese think that medicine governs the emotions of a person. They consider the mind and body as real parts of one system. Acupuncture aids the mind and body and balances the emotions in a natural way by boosting natural healing abilities of the body.

Acupuncture Works in a Safe and Natural Way

1. It emphasizes health maintenance and illness prevention aided by a balance diet

2. It helps eliminate and lessens the need for medication helping one avoid its unwanted side effects. Acupuncture never separates the body and mind but treats mental and physical symptoms holistically and simultaneously

3. It improves the health of people affected by the side effects of drugs

Besides acupuncture, listed below are things one should do in order to prevent the rise of mental and emotional disturbances:

-Take adequate amounts of iron, magnesium, vitamin B, and iron. Depression can occur if the person is deficient in these supplements.
-Exercise! Deep breathing activities such as Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and meditation are helpful
-Plenty of rest and physical exhaustion should be avoided
-Avoid overly ambitious goals and over thinking
-Eat a balanced diet. Avoid excessive carbohydrates and meats
-Avoid drinking ice cold drinks and eating raw, cold, spicy, or hot foods
-Stay away from alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine as they tend to aggravate stress

Extra Benefits of Acupunctures

Any conditions in the spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental aspects of a person can be corrected by acupuncture’s ability to balance the hormones in the body. Acupuncture:

-Treats eating disorders
-Improves a person’s ability to cope with problems and changes in life
-Helps reduce eating disorders
-Boosts the body’s ability to handle problems and changes in the body
-Increases energy through regular exercise
-Helps a person get more interested in life and makes a person feel about himself/herself
-Improves sleep
-Reduces muscle tension and pain
-Enhances concentration and improves mental conditions
-Boosts well-being and overall health
-Helps calm the mind and body and created emotional balance

Written by Valerie

June 8th, 2015 at 11:56 pm

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Acupuncture Can Be A Great Way For A Person to Overcome His Depression

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Classified as a mental disorder, depression can be seen as a human condition that is natural. Depression feels like a complex and profound sadness that causes you to pause and ask questions such as “Why did that thing happen to me?” “What is he point in life?” or “Will things ever be different?” Depression is uniquely felt and experienced differently by every person but conventional medicine’s way of treating this condition is often the same; with antidepressants. This is partly because we have one label for this condition, depression, which is utilized to encapsulate the different nuances of sadness in each person’s experience. It’s a sad fact that Western Medicine never acknowledges that there are certain intricacies in a person’s sadness due to his/her own unique experiences and the different way people react to those experiences. These intricacies may be reflected in the way people express how they feel and in how they put these feelings into words.

In this regard acupuncture is not about treating each depressed person uniformly, but it requires an understanding of the patient’s unique constitution in order to help him overcome his depression. There are patients who depressed because they may be suffering from other health issues such as immune dysfunction, fatigue, pain, and digestive issues or they may be caring for a really sick parent, child or have a stressful job. The needs of the patient may vary from day to day and what worked a day ago may not be what he needs today. Emotions and feelings come and go and so the kind of acupuncture treatment each patient gets should also adapt to his/ her needs. All these should be taken into account by the acupuncturist who is responsible for designing a unique plan of treatment specifically designed to address the patient’s condition.

Human physiology was recognized already by the earliest Eastern doctors. It could be properly understood by studying the principles underlying disease and Nature in order to treat conditions. They knew the elements that compose the universe and they categorized these elements as such. These elements are Wood, Fire, Metal, Earth, and Water. For Western doctors, these elements are representations of the chemical elements, more specifically, the elements of hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen.

When we observe Nature’s patterns, we can gain an insight into the patterns that lead to depression. When a person is suffering from depression the patterns are imbalanced. What needs to be released is stuck into the person’s soul. This prevents the person from advancing to a state of mind that would help him explore new experiences and vistas that will help him understand that there is more to life than the experiences of the past. Oftentimes, it is not easy to let go as some experiences are really hard to forget especially if they were really pleasant and filled with joy. But as the seasons change, so too should life. A depressed person holds on to those memories. This causes him to desire isolation and pine for a love that has gone and left.

Fortunately, acupuncture in Miami is there to help a person escape depression. It works by enabling the person to feel good once again. It is like a soothing balm to calm the mind. This treatment opens up the energy pathways of the body allowing energy and blood to flow all over the body once more, revitalizing the body and providing the person with alertness and renewed sense of vigor that will help him get off his lethargy.

Written by Valerie

April 3rd, 2015 at 4:50 am

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About 20% of the population in the United Stateshas suffered some kind of depression

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Lack of exercise, weight gain, family obligations, busy schedules, relationship problems and financial concerns are some of the things that can bear pressure on our lives. They can affect us emotionally, physically and spiritually and cause us to become depressed and/or anxious. Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture provide a unique approach and treatment for life’s common challenges.

We can experience a wide range of symptoms (all negative) from anxiety. They may include mild worrying to issues such as panic attacks, shortness of breath, insomnia and nausea.  Anxiety is actually the body’s normal response to tense and new situations; however, if your anxiety occurs for no rational reason at all or if it happens in a severe manner, it’s a sign that your anxiety is abnormal. Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture can treat anxiety symptoms and bring back harmony and balance to the mental and physical aspects of your being.

From an acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine point of view, a lot of the symptoms of anxiety are derived from the energy relationship between the kidneys and the heart. The kidneys’ characteristics are contemplative, inward and fluid. They are of the nature of yin. The heart, on the other hand, has attributes that orients upward, is expansive and fiery. These are all characteristics of yang energy. If the body possesses too much fire energy, you may experience such symptoms as agitation of the mind and anxiety.

In the United States, about 20% of the population has suffered some kind of depression at certain points in their lives. Depression has symptoms like overeating of foods and/or excessive consumption of alcohol, crying spells, isolation, anger, cynicism and apathy. This emotional condition may be exacerbated during cold seasons.  Seasonal affective disorder or SAD is a kind of depression that occurs in low light conditions especially during the months of winter.

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture, the function of the liver is to regulate Qi (vital energy) circulating in the body. A malfunctioning liver can result in sluggishness, limited provision of resources, and unhealthy blockages of energy and blood. TCM and acupuncture terms this condition as Qi stagnation and liver depression. Depression occurs when the body’s ability to transport resources slows down or stagnates. Stagnation develops when energy deficiency leads to the weak circulation of blood and Qi causing obstruction. This can lead to emotional instability, musculoskeletal pain, and digestive and sleep problems. TCM and acupuncture can provide you with effective strategies to treat the depressed energy and remove stagnation. This will result in a much better outlook and health.

Even if the trappings modern life offers make living a little bit easier, a lot of people still live under emotional sadness particularly during the Holiday season. Depression, stress and anxiety are emotions that affect many people in the US during this supposedly happy time of the year. TCM and acupuncture are safe and effective modalities to help restore balance in the body and make one truly appreciate the joyous times of the year.

Written by Valerie

August 10th, 2014 at 2:14 am

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