Today's world is stressful. We live in a hectic culture and face many conflicts and challenges in our daily lives. For some of us, it can be too much. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans suffer from some form of mental illness. TCM practitioners don't see mental disorders as any one syndrome. Instead, TCM treats specific symptoms. The goal is to re-balance the body's inner functions.
Some issues are quickly treated, but severe/chronic illnesses require ongoing treatment. Typical treatments last for 15-30 minutes, and treatment is usually repeated once or twice weekly, based on a client's needs. Treatment points relating to mental health are grouped at the head, forearms, and lower legs. Ear acupuncture is commonly used for traumatic conditions, extreme stress, and addiction.
Stress, along with its related symptoms, is a very common complaint among acupuncture clients. Stress causes physical illness and disrupts sleep. It most often manifests as anxiety and depression and can aggravate other conditions, such as pain, IBS, menopause, PMS, and migraines.
The tension we feel when we are under stress is the body's natural reaction to potential dangers around us. The mind can become overloaded and fail to cope well with stressors, and the resulting behavior and thinking patterns can cause or aggravate anxiety.
Pain is a symptom of many conditions and has many causes and types. Pain can result from an injury, from a temporary state of discomfort, or from an ongoing illness or condition. Pain that lasts for six months or less is considered acute, and pain that lasts longer than six months is considered chronic. Every individual is different, and therefore, results and relief can vary.
Acupuncture helps to free blocked Qi and to fix imbalanced Qi and can enable the acupuncturist to get to and treat the root cause of the pain. Other therapies may be recommended alongside acupuncture, and acupuncture may be used in conjunction with conventional medicine, depending on the type of pain and the cause or pain.
Menopause is the natural end of a woman's periods. Acupuncture has been found to be around 90% effective in treating menopause symptoms. Menopause can happen naturally, or it can come about as the result of surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. It is caused by damage to or removal of the ovaries.
During menopause, a woman has lower levels of estrogen and progestin in her system. From a TCM perspective, it comes about due to the decline in life energy, called Jing, and causes an imbalance between Yin and Yang. At this phase of her life, a woman's body begins to conserve blood and energy to sustain her vitality. Excess Yang can lead to hot flashes, restlessness, mood swings, heart palpitations, water retention, cold hands/feet, weight gain, and swelling.
Treatment for infertility in women via Acupuncture and Chinese herbs (TCM) has been available since ancient times. The ancient Chinese believed that healthy women would give birth to strong and healthy children. TCM has shown to be effective in treating infertility and in supporting women undergoing IVF. Further research is needed to identify the most effective applications.