Acupuncture, an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine that works on the principle of stimulating points in the body to balance the flow of energy (Qi). Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes that the mind and body interact as one and believes emotions have a physiological effect on the body.
Anxiety relates to an imbalance of the heart and kidney, according to Chinese traditional beliefs. Too much heat in the heart will imbalance the interaction with the kidney. Acupuncture on points around the heart, kidney, spleen and ear are used to treat anxiety. A study published in the Journal of Endocrinology discovered stress hormones were lower after receiving acupuncture.
Depression is also considered to be a problem with circulating Qi around your body, according to traditional Chinese beliefs. The main organ responsible for circulating Qi is identified as being the liver with the heart and spleen as well. It is believed that the effect on internal organs, which are thought of as either "yin" or "yang" corresponds to a certain emotion.
In order to rid clients of congestion where energy gets stuck, acupuncture clears the meridians in their body to allow Qi to freely move about. This is accomplished in Acupuncture by inserting fine needles into certain points of the body, that are thought to correspond to the meridians and connect to organs. The needles are thought to fix blocked energy or imbalances in your body, which will also influence your mind. This process is something you would receive once a week or several times a week depending on the clients individual situation.