Depression and anxiety are common mental health conditions that affect millions of Americans every year. Traditional treatment for depression and anxiety may include prescription medication and psychotherapy. Tim Eng, LAc, CSMA®, at Release Integrative Medicine in Charlestown, Massachusetts, offers a more holistic and natural approach to depression and anxiety that may complement your traditional medical care. For a natural approach to treating depression and anxiety, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Depression is a mood disorder and a common mental health condition that affects more than 120 million people worldwide. People with depression experience prolonged feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and discouragement that affects every aspect of their life.
At one point or another, most people experience some form of depression in response to events in their life that seem overwhelming. When you’re physically and emotionally balanced, you can more easily bounce back from a depressed state.
In Chinese medicine, Qi is the vital energy that animates the body and protects it from illness and pain. When your negative feelings and emotions are persistent and consistent, an imbalance in the flow of Qi occurs, and depression sets in.
The acupuncturist at Release Integrative Medicine calls the imbalance stagnant or depressed Qi. Your stagnant Qi causes disharmony in the body that affects your physical and emotional well-being. When left untreated, it leads to a chronically depressed mood.
Anxiety is a mental health disorder that causes excessive worry and fear that’s out of proportion with what’s normally expected in a situation. Common anxiety symptoms include nervousness, worrying, apprehension, and fear.
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including:
Traditional Western medicine views anxiety as a dysfunction in your brain chemistry. By comparison, Chinese medicine views anxiety as a symptom indicating an imbalance in one of your body’s organ systems.
For instance: Worry affects the spleen Grief affects the lungs Anger affects the liver Fear affects the kidneys Lack of joy affects the heart
If you experience these emotions over a long period of time, it causes an imbalance in your emotional state that leads to an anxiety disorder.
The goal of treatment at Release Integrative Medicine is to find and treat the root cause of your depression or anxiety.
For depression, your acupuncturist at Release Integrative Medicine develops a personalized plan to address the root cause and underlying imbalance based on objective measures of your meridian system and reactions to frequency specific stimulation of ear points. The goal is to restore the flow of Qi throughout the body and mind using an individualized protocol.
Depending upon your reaction, acupuncture for depression isn’t a quick fix, and you may need weeks or months of treatment to see lasting results. Your acupuncturist goal is to tailor your treatment plan according to your reaction to the previous session. Each treatment will be both therapeutic AND diagnostic.
For anxiety, your acupuncturist also develops an individual plan that may involve insertings fine, sterile needles into the points in your body that correlate with the affected organ system. For those who shy away from needles, there is a great alternative. Using auricular medicine can help find stored physical or emotional trauma in the body and release it gently using frequency specific microcurrent or focused light therapy. In addition to relief from anxiety, your treatment may also reduce stress, certain seemingly unrelated symptoms and ultimately support a greater sense of well-being and balance.
For a natural approach to treating your depression and anxiety, call Release Integrative Medicine or schedule an appointment online today.