Acupuncture for Anxiety
Acupuncture for depression can relieve anxiety and other mental problems as well.
Acupuncturists see the mind and body as inseparable. The object of acupuncture treatment is to release tension and clear heat (agitation) from the heart. Anxiety and depression are not simply brain problems, but involve the entire being, body, mind, and spirit.
Acupuncturists will focus on circulating the Heart and Liver Qi and balancing the flow of energy. A common treatment is called The Four Gates. It includes the use of Large Intestine 4 (LI4) on the hand and Liver 3 (Liv3) on the foot. LI 4 is in the fleshy web between the thumb and index finger, and Liv3 between the big toe and the second toe.
Other acupuncture points may include Heart 7, Kidney 6, and Spleen 6 to harmonize the energy of these organs. Acupuncture points Heart 8 and Heart 9 may be used to sedate the Heart. Ear points, such as Shenmen (Spirit Gate), can also reduce anxiety. In some cases, retaining ear tacks or small magnetic balls at this acupuncture point can prolong the effects between treatments.
Once your Qi is harmonized, you can lift yourself back into the swing of life, leaving your depression behind.
ASSISTING ACUPUNCTURE-CHINESE MEDICINE FOR ANXIETY
ASSISTING ACUPUNCTURE-CHINESE MEDICINE FOR DEPRESSION
Sample Acupuncture Points Commonly used for depression and anxiety.
Acupuncture Point Bai Hui • Governing Vessel 20 (Hundred Meetings). Meeting Point on the Governing Vessel with the six yang channels.
Location: On vertex (top) of the scalp
Acupuncture Point Zhong Ting • Conception Vessel 16 (Central Palace)
Location: In the center of the chest, on the midline, on the xiphoid process usually level with the nipples.
Acupuncture Point Shen Men • Heart 7 Spirit Gate.
Location: On the transverse wrist crease, between the pisiform and ulna bones.
Acupuncture Point Nei Guan • Pericardium 6 (Inner Pass).
Location: On the anterior forearm, 2 cun above the transverse wrist crease.
Acupuncture Point Tai Chong • Liver 3 Great Surge.
Location: On the top of the foot, between the first and second metatarsal bones, approximately 2 cun above the web margin.
Auricular Acupuncture Points Ear Shen Men, Ear Liver, Ear Heart