|Posted by shizenos on September 21, 2019 at 2:20 AM||comments (1)|
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a healing technique that originated thousands of years ago from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). This practice is based on the concept that medical conditions and mental health disorders are caused by an imbalance in energy. TCM theorizes that the body contains vital life energy called chi. When the body and mind are functioning properly, chi should flow through the body’s energy channels. These channels are called meridians and are located at certain points throughout the body. According to this tradition, sometimes chi becomes congested in different meridian pathways, leading to disease or disorders.
The goal of acupuncture is to restore the health and balance of these channels. During acupuncture treatment sessions, small needles are placed along specific areas of the body. Known as acupuncture points, these areas are thought to be where blockage of energy may be occurring. The needles come in a variety of thickness and length and are used to stimulate and open up blocked channels of energy.
|Posted by shizenos on August 25, 2019 at 4:40 AM||comments (0)|
Traditional Chinese medicine treats depression as a disorder that stems from imbalances of energy. This technique aims to restore the balance using the acupoints located on each individual’s body. When using acupuncture to treat depression, therapists diagnose each client based on their unique acupoints, and, in combination with other forms of therapy, create an individualized treatment plan. The changing nature of acupoints makes individualized treatment an essential part of using acupuncture to treat depression. As of now, practitioners rely on currently available data to determine individual acupoints in order to create plans that restore energy balance and bring harmony into the minds of those whose lives have been swallowed by depression.
Research on the effects of acupuncture on depression is still in its infancy, but the results thus far are promising. A recent study found that using the mental and emotional connections to individual acupuncture points based on the unique symptoms of each client can effectively treat depression in most cases. A review of studies that examined the effects of acupuncture on pregnant women suggests that it is an effective means of treating major depressive disorder in individuals within this population.
In terms of the brain activity that correlates with acupuncture, research is also limited, but one study found that it increases activity in the insula, a region of the brain located deep within the cerebral cortex that is involved in regulating the body’s homeostasis and has been linked to perception, self-awareness, and interpersonal experience. Interestingly, another study found a connection between changes in insula activity and MDD, highlighting the possibility that acupuncture could treat this disorder through its action on this brain region.