Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that was created thousands of years ago – and is still heavily practiced today. Why? Because it actually works! Acupuncture involves strategic placement of teeny tiny needles on pressure points throughout the body. The ultimate goal of this practice is to create energy equilibrium, allowing for healing to take place both within the mind and the body. This technique is extremely useful for treating both physical and emotional pain, managing internal stress, and even enhancing mood.
When your energy is off-balance, it is 100 percent likely that your mood is off-balance too. An “off-balance” mood can result in feelings of anxiety, depression, and even exhaustion. While it is totally normal to have good days and bad days, a continuous string of bad days might be a signal to focus on restoring your mental health. Managing mental health looks different for everyone. Regardless, focusing on health and wellness is a key factor for all. And if you are looking for extra mood-boosting support – acupuncture might be just what you need.
So, how does acupuncture work to improve your overall mood? The placement of needles on pressure points helps re-navigate the flow of energy within the body. This restores the connection between the mind and body.
Increases Blood Flow
On an internal level, acupuncture assists in improving blood flow throughout the body. An increased supply of blood to organs improves brain functioning. This is just as important as it sounds! Oftentimes, individuals with impaired blood flow to the brain frequently have lower moods. Acupuncture improves cerebral blood flow, combating low energy, more depressed emotions. Increased blood flow also reduced overall blood pressure. Reduced blood pressure is beneficial for many reasons – including a lower risk for heart disease or strokes.
Reduces Stress Levels
Acupuncture is also an effective way to manage cortisol levels (the levels of your stress hormones). When cortisol levels are running high, you will have feelings of anxiety. During acupuncture treatments the tiny needles are appropriately placed to trigger a serotonin release. Serotonin is the “feel good” hormone in the body. The hormone that makes you happy – we are fans of serotonin! When this hormone is released, both your thinking and heart rate slow down, allowing you to better concentrate on what is happening in front of you.
A good night of sleep makes all the difference. Seriously! If you are not getting to sleep each night, your mind and body will not receive the daily recovery it needs to function at its best. Sleep improves concentration, performance, and allows for proper weight management or loss. Sleep also reduces heart disease, stress, and likelihood of developing health conditions. And, as it relates to this article, sleep improves your overall mood and outlook on the day. With proper needle placement, acupuncture triggers the release of both serotonin (the happy hormones) and melatonin (the sleeping hormones). The release of melatonin will assist in regulating your sleep schedule; in return, keeping your mood and well-being in line.
Acupuncture works best if you are consistent and trust the process. One session is likely not enough to solve the problem. Aim to receive treatment a couple times a week for two to three months. Then, you will notice a shift in mood and an alignment with your overall mind and body.
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