Mar 11 2021
Prior to the COVID-19, an estimated 17.3 million adults in the USA have had at least one major depressive episode. Since the onset of the pandemic, this mental health challenge has tripled, according to an article published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA). Depression has become one of the most common illnesses in our culture. When feelings of hopelessness, despair and disconnection set in it can be difficult to function.
In the west, traditional approaches to mental health problems include psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. While these approaches can be very helpful, they often miss the relationship between our physical body, mental function and emotional health.
Five Element Acupuncture is a powerful tool that can help you to manage and overcome depression. In our intake, we are interested in your past, what it was like for you growing up, how your life has progressed and how you are doing now. We explore the important junctions in your life and your hopes and dreams for the future. Concurrently, we evaluate how your physical body is functioning and learn about your overall constitution.
We identify energetic blocks and imbalances where the Qi is not flowing smoothly through your body. When treating depression, there are usually energetic blocks and constitutional imbalances that are important to rectify and support.
Energetic blocks are like cars that are stuck in the road. They obstruct the flow of energy in us and create havoc. Energetic blocks have names that sometimes reflect their ancient past – Aggressive Energy, Possession, Husband – Wife Imbalance, Entry – Exit Imbalance and more. Once an energetic imbalance is identified, Five Element treatment often leads to extraordinary improvements in the health of the patient.
Each of us has a unique constitution. In Five Element Acupuncture, there is one element- wood, fire, earth, metal or water that is most important in our constitution. This element often reflects both our greatest potential and our greatest challenge.
For example, the water element reflects both the emotions courage and fear. If your constitutional element is water, you could have too much courage and be reckless. Alternatively, you may lack courage and be frozen in fear. Each Five Element treatment works to remove energetic blocks and support your constitution.
Acupuncture also helps to regulate the nervous system and treat anxiety and sleep problems. If you or someone you know has a mental health challenge, consider Five Element Acupuncture as way to support your health.