Acupuncture and Emotional Health

Acupuncture for Anxiety

AcupunctureAcupuncturists understand that the state of the Chi (energy) in a person’s body is in constant flux. That a healthy person whose Chi is in perfect balance will experience the full range of emotions but without becoming stuck in one emotional state.

While stress is a part of normal everyday life, when the Chi is out of balance over an extended period of time (chronic stress) the emotions and the body eventually show symptoms of the imbalance through emotional or physical disease. By the same token, individuals learn to handle stress more effectively, they display fewer symptoms.

Anxiety Symptoms

Symptoms of prolonged anxiety include:

  • Demotivation,

  • Digestive problems,

  • Fatigue,

  • Headaches,

  • Heart palpitations,

  • Memory troubles,

  • Muscle tension,

  • Sleep pattern altered.


Emotions only cause the body’s Chi to become unbalanced it the emotion is extreme or if the individual has held on to the emotion for an extended period of time. An imbalance becomes necessary when blocked, deficient or in need of rebalancing.

Acupuncture for Depression

Rather than treating an aspect of disease as a separate aspect, the application of acupuncture serves to enhance the general state of health of the body as a whole. The Chi (energy) of the body is rebalanced and the flow of Chi re-established.

Sources of Depression

At the present time the occurrence of depression among individuals is so common that most people now think of it as being a disease in its own right. However, in reality depression is generally a symptom of some other condition affecting the individuals who are experiencing it.

Diseases and conditions that may be accompanied by symptoms of depressions include: AIDS, Alcoholism, allergic rhinitis, Alzheimer’s disease, amenorrhea, amyloidosis, anemia (blood iron deficiency), angioedema, anxiety, atherosclerosis, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), brain cancer, bone cancer, bronchitis, bulimia nervosa, chronic fatigue syndrome (yuppie ‘flu), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cirrhosis, colorectal cancer, congestive heart failure, cough, Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes mellitus, diarrhea, dysphagia, (viral) encephalitis, endocarditis, erythema, fibromyalgia, gallbladder disease, gastritis, heat exhaustion, (viral) hepatitis, herpes simplex virus, histoplasmosis, HIV/AIDS, hyperkalemia, hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia, hypothermia, hypothyroidism, influenza, insomnia (sleeplessness), intestinal parasites, leukemia, lyme disease, lymphoma, meningitis, menopause, migraine headache, mononucleosis, motion sickness, multiple sclerosis, myeloproliferative disorders, osteomyelitis, otitis media, pericarditis, post traumatic stress disorder, preeclampsia, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), peptic ulcer, pericarditis, pertussis, prostate cancer, pulmonary hypertension, pyloric stenosis, radiation damage, Reiter’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, roundworms, sarcoidosis, seizure disorders, sexual dysfunction, sinus headache, sinusitis, stress, sleep apnea, systemic lupus erythematosus, tension headache, thyroiditis, tuberculosis, ulcerative colitis, varicella-zoster virus.

Seeking Treatment

First, check with your primary healthcare provider before seeking any additional treatment. Ask for recommendations from family, friends, and colleagues. And finally, search the internet. Use searches phrases that combine your Cityname + acupuncture for x. For example, Tucson acupuncture for anxiety, or San Diego acupuncture for depression will serve as a decent starting point towards finding a practitioner in your area.

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