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What is Energy Medicine?

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What is Energy Medicine

Energy Medicine is based on the understanding that any physical, mental, or behavioural problem has a counterpart in the body’s energies and can be treated at that level. It provides a holistic approach to healing by not only addressing your body, mind, and spirit, but also by working with your emotions, past trauma, and even your relationships.

So what is “Energy’

Over the centuries energy in the body has been given different names such as Qi (Chi), Prana, Innate Intelligence, Mana, Pneuma, Vital fluid, Odic force, and Orgone.

After many years denying the existence and importance of this energy within our bodies, science is now discovering methods of measuring it. There is more information at the bottom of this blog.

The belief among healers is that when our energy is blocked, stagnant or disrupted our physical bodies cannot function optimally. This imbalance can also lead to disease and ill-health.

Energy Medicine

For thousands of years, practitioners around the world have activated the body’s natural healing processes through clearing meridians, balancing energy, healing touch, utilising Ayurvedic medicine, shamanic practices, applying hands-on healing such as Reiki, and many other modalities.

The many different healing modalities that fall under the category of Energy Medicine may be referred to as energy therapy, energy healing, vibrational medicine, psychic healing, spiritual medicine or spiritual healing.

All of these modalities will work to affect the energy in our body and to assist us to become balanced, grounded, to tap into our innate healing power within, and to release and resolve traumas.

Traditional Western medicine focuses on diagnosing symptoms and treating you from the outside. When used in combination with Energy Medicine the results can be profound as the whole person is addressed.

Benefits of Energy Medicine

Energy medicine has been shown to have many benefits.

These include calming the nervous system, releasing trapped emotions and traumas, bringing calm and a sense of peace.

In this way Energy Medicine can help with anxiety, depression, PTSD, relieving pain and fatigue, improving sleep, it can bring more confidence, more focus and more connection to others, it can also can help clients be less reactive and improve relationships.

Energy Medicine Modalities

These are just some of the Energy Medicine approaches available:

Hands-on Therapies

Approaches such as Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Energy Healing, Tantric Healing, Pranic Healing, Esoteric Healing, Magnetic / Auric Healing, Healing Touch, Hands of Light, Body Talk and Therapeutic Touch involve the healer laying their hands on the body or holding them in the auric field around the body.

Crystals and Magnets

These can be used either on the body or close to the body to affect the energy flow.

Acupuncture / Acupressure

Acupuncture and Acupressure are an ancient modality which uses very fine needles or finger / hand pressure to affect the meridians or energy lines within the body

Reflexology

The reflexologist uses pressure, usually with their fingers, on the reflex points of the hands or feet. This affects the energy within the body.

Distant healing, intercessory prayer

The healer works from a distance either with prayer or by using intentional energy healing such as Reiki. The recipient will often feel the effects of the energy during the session.

Exercise and Movement

There are a number of systems using meditation, breath and movement to positively affect the energy within the body by cleansing, strengthening, and circulating it. They include Tai Chi, Qi Gong (Ch’i Kung) and Yoga.

Combination Therapies

Acupressure and Tai Chi can be used together to provide hands on treatment along with Tai Chi exercises to be used at home. This allows the healing to continue.

Emotional Blueprint: This unique system uses reflexology to read the emotions that are stored within your body, in combination with visualisation and journeying. This allows you to connect with these emotions, to release them and established new, more beneficial patterns in their place.

Conclusion

Energy Medicine has something to offer everyone, whether you just need to relax and enjoy some “Me Time”, or you have deeper physical and emotional / mental health concerns that you wish to alleviate.

It is an excellent complement to Western Medicine and to other Alternative Health Modalities. It is safe for anyone from young children to seniors.

 

Scientific Measurement of Energy

Indirect measurement of subtle energy in the body is possible through certain physiological correlates that are emerging.

Instruments to measure acupuncture activity and Kirlian photography (electrical discharge photography) are the two main contenders for subtle energy monitoring.

Acupuncture instruments are based on the observation that acupuncture points have special electrical characteristics; the points have lower resistance to electrical current flow as compared to the surrounding tissues. As each meridian is associated with one or more organs inside the body, the electrical activity of the acupoint seems to be related to the organ function.

In the second kind of instrument, based on Kirlian photography, a high voltage, low current is applied to the finger pads. The colourful discharge that is observed is analyzed in a computer and is related to organ function.

Sophisticated instruments are presently available based on these principles. These instruments are undergoing many trials and clinical evaluation, so that their use can become acceptable in medical diagnostics and therapy.

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Reiki and Energy Healing for Anxiety and Depression

2 Ways Reiki and Energy Healing May Help Your Anxiety and Depression

We are all familiar with Western Medical methods for dealing with anxiety and depression.

The standard medical approach is usually pharmaceutical medications, possibly combined with psychotherapy, counselling and other behavioural therapies depending on what sort of anxiety you have.

Initially, medications may be essential as a means of support, enabling you to get everything under control and to manage your symptoms, however, it is never ideal to be on medication long term.

I always encourage my clients to consider the reasons for their anxiety and depression and how natural approaches can help resolve these issues.

So how can Reiki and Energy Healing Help?

Trapped Emotions

One way to look at anxiety and depression is to consider trapped emotions in the body. Perhaps you experienced traumatic or stressful events during your life, or you hold ‘genetic memories’ of events that your parents, grandparents, etc. experienced, or you may believe that our soul comes through some lives and carries memories from those past lives.

Whatever your beliefs, and wherever those trapped emotions originate, they will impact your life here and now. Reiki and Energy Healing assesses the feelings you hold and works to release them.

In my job, it does not matter where those emotions came from, only that you carry them now, in the present, and we will work to release them from your body’s memory gently.

Energy Imbalance

Another way to look at anxiety and depression is through the Chinese Medicine approach to energy in the body.

Chinese Medicine works with meridians/energy lines within our body. Each meridian is related to a particular organ and will be associated with certain emotions; e.g., the Lung and Large Intestine hold sadness, grief, loneliness, loss; the Kidney contains fear, anxiety, shock, trauma.

Any imbalance in your energy can trigger the appropriate emotions for that meridian.

Joanne’s story

Joanne had been through a lot when she came to me.

Her parents broke up when she was five years old. Her mother did remarry to a man who did not like the expression of emotion.

When she was 12 years old, her 14-year-old brother died in a skating accident. They were not allowed to show any grief, and her stepfather forbade the mention of his name in the house. They were to forget that he had existed simply.

She came to me at 21 years old with depression and anxiety. She said she often felt like crying at some insignificant trigger but was unable actually to cry, and she had a persistent feeling of dread, expecting something bad to happen at any moment.

She also complained that she frequently had laryngitis (lost her voice) which could last for a couple of weeks at a time and that any time she had a cold, it would ‘go to her chest’ and be hard to shift.

I found that she held all that grief and sadness in her lungs. A feeling of heaviness and weight on her chest. She was also completely blocked energetically in her throat, an indication of her repressing her emotions and her inability to express herself, speak and out and be heard.

Over the course of several sessions, we worked to open her throat and bring a sense of safety and acceptance to the expression of emotions.

During the 4th session she began to cry, a huge step forward. She finally felt able to express all that sadness and loss that she had held for so long.

As we continued to work together, she found that her chest gradually felt lighter and she no longer had that sense of doom. Her chest infections and laryngitis became less frequent and ceased altogether.

She was more able to express herself in all ways, not just to cry and she felt so much lighter in her general mood and outlook.

Do you hold trapped emotions? Whether big or small? Reiki and Energy Healing can help!

Book a free meet and greet with me and find out more about Reiki and Energy Healing.

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Anxiety, Depression and Food Allergies

2 Overlooked Factors that May Be Causing Your Anxiety And Depression

As an allergist and energy healer, I see many clients who have anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. For most, the medical profession only wants to prescribe meds without addressing any of the underlying causes.

I find that two of the most overlooked factors in these conditions are allergies and intolerances to foods.

I want to introduce you to one of my clients, “Rachel”.

She had been experiencing anxiety issues since around seven years old. As she passed through puberty into her late teens, the symptoms became much worse and included severe anxiety, depression, along with lethargy and fatigue, an inability to concentrate and migraines.

By the time she was 17 years old, she had been on medication for some years. These meds helped her to function, but the side effects had a negative impact on her quality of life.

When she came to me, she was seeking an alternative approach that could help her eliminate the necessity for her to take meds, , and alternative medicine to help fight all of these symptoms.

We tested for food triggers and determined that the protein casein found in cow’s milk products, wheat, tomatoes and bell peppers were big issues for her.

I have found these to be relevant allergens for many clients with anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns.

Frequently anxiety and depression go hand in hand with irritable bowel and other digestive complaints; however, it is important to remember that it is not necessary to experience these digestive issues to have food allergies and intolerances.

Food allergies and intolerances also impact the digestion of foods and absorption of nutrients. I recommended that Rachel asks her MD to test her blood levels of Vit D, B12 and iron.

The levels came back at the bottom of what an MD will consider being the ‘normal’ range, but that I would consider being sub-optimal.

In Rachel’s case, she removed the milk products, wheat and nightshade vegetables including tomatoes and peppers from her diet. After an initial detox period, of less than a week when she felt even more tired and depressed, her mood lifted significantly, her energy levels steadily increased, and her migraines became less frequent and severe.

She started taking Vit D and B12 supplements along with some iron glycinate.

Within a month she had improved significantly and was able to discuss coming off her meds with her MD.

Now, several years later, she feels great, no longer has migraines and is not taking meds. She uses meditation to release the stress everyday life causes her.

In her words, she has ‘Never felt so balanced and well”.

Are suffering from anxiety and depression? Contact me for more information on how to determine whether food allergies and intolerances may be some of your triggers.

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Anxiety Disorders: What Are Your Options?

Anxiety Disorders: What Are Your Options?

Anxiety disorders affect 1 in 4 Canadians at some point in their lives, making anxiety the most common mental illness in Canada.

Psychotherapy and benzodiazepine medication are the conventional treatment options for anxiety. However, benzodiazepine drugs carry a high rate of addiction potential, can make people feel sedated, and bring an extensive list of side effects.

So what can be done about anxiety if you want to pursue other treatment options?

First and foremost, it’s important to identify the source(s) and trigger(s) of your anxiety.

What makes it better or worse? Is it a social setting that triggers a panic attack? A big test that you’re studying for that’s causing general anxiety?

Understand your anxiety

The importance of understanding your anxiety, rather than avoiding it, carries with it a significant mental and physical benefit. Our brains have the ability to tell the difference between suppressing our emotions versus addressing and labelling them. It is okay to feel anxious.  

Learning from our anxieties offers the opportunity for better self-understanding. When we understand why we react with anxiety, we learn from our thoughts, behaviours, and actions. Identify and label how you are feeling, and you’ll find that your mood won’t have as much of an impact on your daily function.

Proper sleep, a healthy diet, good social support, and a lifestyle that includes plenty of physical activity all factor into your well-being when dealing with anxiety.

The importance of nutrition

A diet deficient in certain amino acids, vitamins, and minerals can have an adverse impact on your mental-emotional well-being.

Individual amino acids, vitamins, and minerals can help to calm an overactive mind through calming your nervous system and correcting vitamin and mineral deficiencies that might worsen anxiety. In fact, even low iron can contribute to anxiety.

An adequate intake of protein from both animal and vegetable sources can help with amino acid intake and improved blood sugar control.

Stable blood sugar levels can be achieved through the consumption of healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds.

Fibre from fruits and vegetables can stabilise blood sugar, and add vitamins and minerals to your diet.

It is important to avoid packaged foods that contain high amounts of simple sugars when trying to control your blood sugar.

Natural remedies

Lavender is an excellent anti-anxiety herb, acting on your nervous system to calm your body and mind. In trials involving adults with anxiety, lavender was found to be as beneficial as benzodiazepine medication in alleviating feelings of restlessness and improving sleep.

You can even stuff lavender buds in your pillowcases to help with restlessness during the night.

Green tea also helps with feelings of anxiety thanks to theanine. It’s an amino acid that can contribute to reducing feelings of stress, promote relaxation, and help with attention.

Green tea and lavender are just a couple of the many alternative treatments for anxiety. Ask your naturopathic doctor about other natural remedies.

Other factors

Other factors that can contribute to anxiety include (but are not limited to): thyroid disease, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, digestive disorders, substance abuse, allergies, depression, and other mental illnesses.

It’s important to speak with your medical or naturopathic doctor to determine the underlying factors influencing your own anxiety, and discuss what treatment alternatives are right for you.

Book with me now and find out about natural approaches to resolving anxiety.

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Massage and Craniosacral Therapy to help ease Anxiety and Depression

How Craniosacral Therapy and Massage Can Help Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and Depression are being talked about openly more and more. Doctors, employers, schools and family members are witnessing the effects of these conditions on a regular basis. I bet that every person who reads this knows at least one person currently seeking advice, care, or medication for anxiety or depression.

These conditions affect all of us. And so it is imperative that how we manage these conditions, and other types of mood disorders, become part of our regular dialogue.

Much like stress, anxiety and depression increase cortisol levels in the body. This tends to keep our nervous system in an active and alert state, making restful sleep, relaxation, and a feeling of wellbeing seem out of reach. Consequently, sensations of pain, sense of sadness, exhaustion, and irritability will feel stronger, as the body struggles to make enough serotonin to balance out our mood.

Seeking care and advice from a GP is always recommended, but some things can be done outside of the doctor’s office to help cope with and manage the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Massage and Craniosacral Therapy are two of the most pleasant ways to bring a sense of wellness back into your life. Safe, nurturing touch sends messages to the brain that begin the process of balancing out the mood.

How Craniosacral Therapy and Massage can help

By gently, yet directly, accessing the central nervous system through touch, we can direct your body into its healing mode. When we engage the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system, the body enters what is known as the ‘rest and digest’ period. And here the body begins producing serotonin, flooding the brain and body with a sense of calm and wellbeing.

Often a welcome relief to what can feel like an overwhelming day, week, or month!

Imagine an entire hour, or more, of dedicated YOU time. Imagine lying comfortably on a heated massage table, and wrapped in a warm blanket, while a trained therapist spends an hour, or even longer, consciously and intentionally working to rid your body and mind of pain and stress. My treatment room is an available, sacred space. Nothing else matters there except for you to unwind, relax, and melt into the table.

Using manual therapy techniques, and the option of relaxation music and aromatherapy, my treatments are meant to be deeply relaxing and nourishing to the body, mind and soul. Like a giant hug for your whole being!

Why not give yourself, or a loved one the gift of wellness and balance?

Caution; Massages can be highly addictive and good for your health!

Book today and start to feel better!

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Trapped Anxiety and Depression and your Body

Trapped Anxiety and Depression and your Body

Depression and anxiety are increasingly on the rise within our society.

In 2015, 8% of Canadians experienced depression, and 12% anxiety symptoms. Pharmaceutical companies are hard at work manufacturing mountains of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications to serve supply and demand for these disorders.

You might find yourself asking, is there another way?

My clinical experience

My area of clinical expertise is in the relationship between imbalanced emotions and our body. People come to me with themes of depression and anxiety disorders, looking for another way to deal with their problem.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Over 5000 years ago the ancient Chinese discovered how each of the vital organs of the body stores particular emotions.

For example, the Lungs hold sadness, despair and depression and the kidneys hold fear and anxiety. And God forbid if you find yourself in an adversity, like in a car accident or failure of any of such vital organs, expression of the most important emotions of yours could be at peril. Either way, none is immune to such adversities, and so, there exist doctors who specialise in a particular field. 

The posture of a person with depression will often include a closing of the chest, with rounded shoulders, and they will complain of neck and shoulder pain, and even pain that extends down the arms to the elbows and fingertips.

This posture will also compress the lungs. A person with depression frequently has a very shallow breath pattern, and can often suffer from lung conditions such as bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, etc.

The Cycle of Creation

As illustrated in this chart, there is a cycle of creation between the organs, each one supporting another. The lungs help the kidneys, so if they are compromised emotionally, and the breath is shallow, this will cause stress to be passed onto the kidneys and accentuate anxiety symptoms.

Breath away your emotions

Learning how to breathe properly is one of the most effective ways of assisting anxiety and depression sufferers. Also, understanding that your emotions affect your body and seeking the deep-seated root of your anxiety and depression will pave the way for cellular memory to release these restrictive, sometimes paralysing, patterns.

Your emotional wellbeing can be effected by different stress situations like a car accident, for example. 

To understand more about your emotions, and their effect on your body, book a free meet and greet with Deborra.

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Are Seasonal Allergies Linked to Anxiety and Depression?

Are Seasonal Allergies Linked to Anxiety and Depression?

So, as an allergist, I see a lot of clients for seasonal allergies. That will be the main reason for their visit.

Commonly, while taking the health history during the initial assessment, they also mention that they have mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Their anxiety and depression were frequently getting worse in the spring or at the end of the summer, just when most people are feeling at their best.

This is a factor that most doctors do not consider relevant or to be in any way associated with mental health.

In a 2002 study, a team of scientists led by Paul S. Marshall, PhD, a clinical neurophysiologist, found that people with seasonal allergies experienced more sadness, apathy, lethargy, and fatigue in late summer when ragweed season peaks.

His report states that seasonal allergies are known to cause specialised cells in the nose to release cytokines, a kind of inflammatory protein.

Animal and human studies alike suggest that these cytokines can affect brain function, triggering sadness, malaise, poor concentration, and increased sleepiness.

In 2005 Teodor T. Postolache, MD, led a study that found peaks in tree pollen levels correlated with increased levels of suicide in women.

Other studies have shown that adults with seasonal allergies were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with major depression in the previous 12 months and that children who had suffered from these allergies at age 5 or 6 were twice as likely to experience major depression over the ensuing 17 years.

So, what can you do about it?

In the case of food allergies the easy answer is to avoid those foods; however, this is not so easy for moulds, pollens, dust and other environmental allergens!

Conventional medicine can offer immunotherapy (allergy shots) to reduce allergy symptoms. This a time-consuming process, involving frequent visits to the doctor’s office over 5 or more years and can become expensive.

There are other, alternative therapies

Allergy Treatments

I recommend the use of NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique). This is an effective, natural, non-invasive treatment that works with your body to permanently ‘turn off’ the reaction. It teaches the body that it can be non-reactive in the presence of the allergens and can be used to treat allergies to foods and environmental factors.

Since 2004, I have used a method based on NAET to treat seasonal and environmental allergies and have had great results with people of all ages from infants to seniors, including those with Alzheimer’s.

This process does not take many sessions and costs significantly less than regular use of over the counter allergy meds.

Acupuncture

Another option is acupuncture which works to rebalance the body and relieve symptoms. A good Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncturist will be able to reduce inflammation and reactions in your body significantly and has the added benefit of being able to address the anxiety and depression as well.

To find out more about NAET and Natural Allergy Therapy or Acupuncture book now for a complementary consult with me.

 

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Anxiety and Depression – Getting Stuck in our Thoughts

Anxiety and Depression – Getting Stuck in our Thoughts

The words “anxiety” and “depression” can be quite scary, and it can be difficult to ask for help because of something going on in your mind. As a Mental Health Counsellor, I invite my clients to think about their depression and anxiety experiences not as labels of illness, but rather as something that they can get stuck in – and get out of, as well.

This can be an over-simplification of complex issues, but I think it is still a helpful way to begin to make some sense of the experience.

While the symptoms and experiences of anxiety and depression are, in fact, quite different, both often involve being stuck in our thoughts. With depression one is likely stuck in thoughts about the past, and with anxiety, it is thoughts about the future.

These unhelpful thoughts about the past and future infect the present moment and keep us stuck.

Stuck in the Past and the Future

When someone experiences depression, they often describe their symptoms as:

  • feeling sad or angry most of the time,
  • not enjoying life, and
  • not wanting to do much of anything, believing things have never worked out and they won’t ever get better.

This person could be stuck remembering something in their past. These remembrances of hurts, traumas and painful moments become so overwhelming that they infect the present moment with imaginings of a never-changing future as bad as the past.

When someone experiences anxiety they often describe their symptoms as:

  • feeling afraid and nervous,
  • worried about many things in life, and
  • finding it hard to do anything out of their comfort zone because they imagine bad results will come.

This person is likely stuck imagining something terrible happening in the future. These projections of hurts, threats and disasters become so overwhelming that they also infect the present moment. 

A Moment of Anxiety

When we are caught up in a moment of anxiety, we have projected ourselves into a time in the future where we imagine a terrible outcome.

Here’s an example I am sure many of us can relate to.

A student begins the semester, looks at his syllabus and sees that there will be an exam
at the end of the course worth 60% of the final grade. At that moment, his thoughts jump to the end of the semester, and he imagines a very hard exam, in which he isn’t able to succeed, and then he imagines failing the course, then seeing his GPA dropping, his hopes of a good job and financial stability disappearing, and suddenly he is panicking.

As you read that long last sentence, how many of you now notice that you are holding your breath, tensing up, or your heart is racing?

Stop and take a deep breath because right now at this moment, where is this imaginary student in this scenario? He is at the beginning of the semester, and he hasn’t started studying what he will be tested on. His mind took him to the end of the semester and then beyond to a frightening future.

Where are you right now? You are probably sitting at your computer or on your phone. As you read this, you are probably safe, but your body may have started reacting like you were going to be taking this exam and see your hopes of financial stability disappear.

Coming Back to the Present

By bringing your mind back to the present moment, you can notice where your thoughts have taken you.

Do you see yourself in a terrible imagined future based on events that have not even happened?

Are you finding yourself reliving a moment of hurt in the past that makes you feel hopeless today?

Right now, where are you? What do you physically see around you? What do you hear? What do you smell? Where is your body? Is something terrible happening right now?

We have all had the experience of getting stuck in one way or another. When we are stuck, we can’t get out of the position we are in.

Some of my colleagues at the Ottawa Holistic Wellness Centre can help your body be less stuck when a part of you just isn’t moving correctly.

If you feel stuck in your thoughts, moods, or in your life, I would be happy to meet with you to see if working together can help you get unstuck and back to living a vital and meaningful life.

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acupuncture anxiety depression

Acupuncture for Anxiety and Depression

More and more people are turning to Acupuncture in North America for various reasons including anxiety and depression. In fact, people all over the world have been using it for over 3000 years for many health reasons.

Acupuncture has a long list of benefits that can help, treat, and even prevent some health conditions. Several studies even suggest that it can be as effective as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, with no side effects.

Why do we feel stressed?

Stress will trigger the body to produce hormones such as cortisol and norepinephrine. These stress hormones boost our anxiety and can cause physical symptoms including an increased heart rate, tense muscles and can also change the way our digestive system behaves.

Acupuncture can help with all of these things.

But how does acupuncture work?

In a nutshell, traditional Chinese acupuncture regulates our body’s flow of energy or “Qi”.

In Chinese medicine when someone is injured, sick, stressed, or excited their “Qi” is altered which can ultimately lead to dysfunction. Acupuncture helps to restore our body’s proper flow and balance of Qi so that we can have the best possible health.

Furthermore, the insertion of needles has a direct effect on the body’s nervous system, which can help reduce pain.

How can acupuncture help anxiety and depression?

Anxiety and depression are the two most common mental disorders in the world. Acupuncture is used to help control and reduce anxiety and even depression.

When a person’s Qi is disrupted, anxiety and depression-like symptoms could follow. By naturally regulating the body’s energy and, therefore, it’s chemical balance a more stable, healthier emotional state can be achieved.

What the research says about acupuncture

In 2009, the Journal of Integrative Psychiatry published an article on the Role of Acupuncture in the treatment of depression.

They said that, from a Western Medicine perspective, that although the exact mechanism of action of acupuncture is unknown, it’s use is associated with an increase in the level of neurobiologically active substances, such as endorphins and enkephalins.

They also showed data indicating that acupuncture induces the release of norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine, all neurotransmitters essential for a balanced mood.

So, to summarise, acupuncture can efficiently be used to help treat anxiety and depression.

Book a free meet and greet now and find out more about this ancient healing modality.

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