How does acupuncture work for anxiety and depression?
In ancient Chinese medicine, the energy called Qi (the chemical reactions that constantly fire throughout our bodies) regulate the overall health of the body, moving through pathways called meridians. If Qi’s flow is disturbed or blocked in any way (for example due to injury, poor eating habits/nutrition, stress, or any other discomfort), that’s when the body begins to suffer. The insertion of needles in specific points throughout the body is the way of restoring Qi’s balance, therefore promoting better health and relief.
Here are some benefits:
- Reduces the stress hormones like cortisol
- Increases levels of serotonin, the happy hormone
- Regulates the autonomic nervous system
- Calm the mind and promotes relaxation