Stress, Anxiety and Depression


The human mind and body are constantly adjusting to the environment around us as conditions change: work, relationships, parenting, daily news and financial commitments are some of the main factors in our lives that change and cause us stress.

In a state of health, these unavoidable tensions are actually beneficial, propelling us forward as a species along our evolutionary path, and as individuals, transforming us toward destiny.  Harmony and health are what we experience when we progress along these  pathways.

However, when either the body or the mind are in a state of imbalance, those unavoidable tensions in life can cause stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as physical symptoms. Disharmony and various disease states are what we experience along these pathways.

Both chronic and acute experiences of stress, anxiety, and depression can be serious health issues on their own, and they can erode the foundation of your overall health.  Acupuncture Medicine prioritizes both mental health and physical health and works to restore them both to a state of balance.

Research demonstrates that stress, anxiety, and depression help cause or worsen many significant health problems.  A short list includes: Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Diabetes, Asthma, Gastrointestinal Problems, as well as two current American health epidemics: Obesity and Drug Addiction1.

The good news is that research also shows that Acupuncture Medicine can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression2.

Western scientific research clearly demonstrates the negative effects that stress, anxiety, and depression can have on our lives.  However, in and of themselves, western medicine’s theories of origin and methods of treatment are less cohesive and less effective than we would like.  This is where Acupuncture Medicine can complete an existing therapeutic strategy and even serve as a primary treatment modality for many people.  Your physical health deeply influences your mental health, and your mental health deeply influences your physical health.  Because injury and disease almost always have both physical and mental components, treating one or the other is less effective than treating both.

Acupuncture Medicine works from the basic idea that your mind and your body are two different aspects of one single entity: you!  It is like heads and tails on a coin.  Can you have a one-sided coin?  Acupuncture Medicine fundamentally treats and harmonizes both sides of the coin.  This why it can be such an effective mode of treatment for many problems, or provide the missing key to unlocking health when a more complex, multi-treatment approach is necessary.  The source of unhealthy stress, anxiety, and depression should be neutralized or removed from our lives when possible.  If that is not possible, then we must help our minds and our bodies to adapt and to overcome.

We are here to help you get on, and stay on, your path to harmony and health.

 

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References

1. Griffin, R. Morgan and Joseph Goldber, MD.  (April 01, 2014)  10 Health Problems Related to Stress that You Can Fix.  Retrieved from www.webmd.com (https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/features/10-fixable-stress-related-health-problems#1)

2. Spaceman, E., Richmond, S., Sculpher, M, Bland, M., Brealey, S., Gabe, R., Hopton, A., Keding, A., Landown, H., Perren, S., Torgerson, D., Watt, I., MacPherson, H. (2014) Cost-Effiectiveness Analysis of Acupuncture, Counseling and Usual Care in Treating Patients with Depression: The Results of the ACUDep Trial.  PLoS ONE.  9(11): e113726. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0113726. Retrieved from http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0113726

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