Accupuncture and Self-Care to Alleviate Anxiety & Depression
Acupuncture, Herbs and Self-Care to Alleviate Anxiety and Depression
Acupuncture, herbs, lifestyle and dietary changes can help alleviate negative emotions. Anxiety, depression, grief, fear and anger are often alleviated after receiving acupuncture and taking herbal formulas, you also will feel an increased sense of vitality. Acupuncture helps relieve negative emotions by releasing endorphins, it balances your body's energy and helps it flow freely. "Western" style physicians may recommend you take prescription medications to supress symptoms. While I am not completely against medications, I see them as a last or temporary resort to get through a particularly rough time. Frequently after people make lifestyle and dietary changes they feel happier, less anxious and find that they don't need prescription drugs.
Lifestyle Recommendations to Help You Feel Stronger and Less Depressed/Anxious
"Negative" feelings serve a purpose. When something doesn't feel right in our gut we need to trust it or look deeper into ourselves to see where it's coming from. Feelings can protect us from danger and help us to set appropriate boundaries with others. However negative emotions for an extended period of time or in situations where we feel out of control can be debilitating. The emotions may also be stored in our body, where they can have immediate or long term manifestations if they aren't released. Below are some techniques that can help you shift negative emotions.
Tai Qi, Qi Kung and Yoga are all excellent practices to move your energy and give you a sense of calm and feeling centered. In addition they have the physical benefits of giving you more flexibility and balance. Another benefit is that they can be practiced throughout your life and help you age gracefully.
Connect with nature - go for a walk in the forest, on the beach, desert or a neighborhood park.
Practice a form of mindfulness or meditation on a daily basis, even if it's only for 10 to 15 minutes.
Join a group of people who are like minded to help you feel stronger and empowered., ie. a meditation group, environmental group...Giving back to the community can also help you feel more connected and happier.
Happy Dietary Suggestions
Foods that are high in calcium and magnesium, vitamins B and E are helpful to alleviate stress and depression.
Some foods containing these nutrients are dark green leafy vegetables, bananas, avocados, asparagus, broccoli, garlic, salmon, yogurt, wheat germ, apples, cucumbers, wheat grass and dried fruit. Drinking a powdered "green drink" can also be helpful due to the chlorophyll content. Spirulina supplements help too, however for some people they're too "cold" and difficult to digest, in that case I suggest doing some kind of powdered green supplement without the spirulina.
Drinking chamomile tea is calming at night. If you are not lactose intolerant warm milk at bedtime can also be very relaxing due to the high tryptophan content in it.
Alcohol, sugar, tobacco and caffeine may exacerbate anxiety and depression. For some people caffeine helps temporarily alleviate depression. If you don't want to give it up entirely maybe use some and see how you feel for a few hours after ingesting it
Flexible Spending Accounts FSA, Health Savings Accounts HSAs and Gift Certificates.
Just a reminder that you are able to pay for your personal acupuncture treatments with FSAs or HSAs. I have gift certificates available if you'd like to give someone a present of health or relaxation. I also offer package discounts on a series of treatments.