Traditional Chinese medicine, one of the oldest medical systems in the world, has a long history of application in mental health.
Based on an individual’s symptoms and signs, the pattern of bodily disharmony is described in term of yin and yang, external and internal, hot and cold, excess and deficiency. Additional systems, such as qi, blood and body fluid differentiation, and zang fu differentiation are also used. Treatment principles and specific herbal formula or acupoints are derived.
TCM practitioners believe that physical health issues are connected to a person’s emotional state (and vice versa).
Practitioners of TCM view emotions as an integrated aspect of organ functions, and sometimes the root cause of disease. TCM classifies emotions into seven categories, with each emotion corresponding to a particular organ.
For example, the lungs are commonly linked to grief and the ability to let go. The seven emotions are anger, joy, fear, worry, grief, fright, and sadness.
To understand Chinese Medicine theory. Imagine your body is a river with water flowing through it. When a tree falls in the middle of the river, it creates havoc at the top and bottom of the river as well.
Things like a poor diet, emotional stress, or physical trauma are the equivalent of a tree falling in the river.
Acupuncture attempts to remove the tree and restore the normal flow of energy throughout your body.
the treatment would consist of inserting needles into various points on the body, such as the fingers, hands, wrists, ankles, and feet, in an effort to redistribute the patient’s energy.
It addresses the issue by enabling the energy to move more efficiently, balancing the organ systems, and creating homeostasis. The idea is that creating balanced energy better equips a person to manage stress and steady emotions, and enables a more peaceful feeling.
In Care Cure Clinic, our TCM treatments are unique for each patient, as every person has a unique constitution and imbalances. As a patient’s symptoms and issues adjust, a practitioner will likely change his or her treatments accordingly.
Regardless of what treatments the TCM practitioner uses or prescribes during a session, the goal is to treat both body and mind.
Healing time depends on the patient and the severity of his or her symptoms. Some patients report relief after just one session of acupuncture. Others may feel a difference within weeks or a month’s time, while still others might take up to several months to feel back to normal. A typical treatment schedule might begin with one to two sessions a week, tapering as the patient’s symptoms begin to improve.