Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient holistic healing system that began thousands of years in China. Acupuncture is one of the main treatment methods in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is interesting to note that mental illness, as defined by Western standards, traditionally did not exist within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Instead, mental health is currently considered to be a byproduct of ying and ying and blood and qi imbalance. The goal of acupuncture is to restore balance within the body and between the body and environment. As a result, both physical and mental is possible. Consider visiting a Naturopathic doctor in Miami to learn more about how acupuncture can help your mental health.
Acupuncture and Depression
Most Western based research quickly dismisses acupuncture as a pseudoscience that promises a lot, yet delivers little. However, natural research has been going on in China and Asia for thousands of years. Today, modern Chinese medical universities produce a steady stream of acupuncture research that is largely ignored by Western critics. For example, the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing recently released a detailed report about how acupuncture can reduce depression. It is a well-known fact that stress, which triggers depression, causes neurochemical changes with hormones and neurotransmitters. These include:
- neuropeptide Y
- gamma-aminobutyric acid
- hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal activities
- monoamines neurotransmitters and their receptors
Acupuncture regulates neurochemical imbalances and promotes overall well-being. This helps to restore mental and physical harmony. If you or anyone you know suffers from depression, consider visiting a Miami holistic center.
Acupuncture and Anxiety
Researchers in the UK have found that acupuncture has very positive outcomes for treating anxiety. Anxiety comes in different conditions, such panic attacks, phobias, OCD, PTSD and anxiety disorders. The researchers expounded on Chinese research, which shows that targeted treatment of the brain and head acupressure points were very effective in reducing anxiety. They even found that acupuncture goes well with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with reducing anxiety. Finally, behavioral studies that subject animals to stress have proven that there are definite, positive biochemical effect of acupuncture. Consider taking advantage of local homeopathy in Miami to cure your anxiety problems.