Do you believe that emotions occur as symptoms separate from your physical body? Have you ever gotten so “chocked up” during a sad movie? Have you ever gotten so mad that your temples throbbed? If so, one could guess that emotions can cause a physical response.
In Chinese medicine, the inverse is also true. Body systems that are not functioning at peak efficiency can also have an output that is less or more than optimal. And this includes not only physical output, but also mental and emotional output. A system that isn’t functioning well can create emotional states that are signs and symptoms, just like a headache, a fast heart rate, or a stomachache.
When is an emotion just an emotion? Acupuncture is the medicine of restoring proper function. So how do we know when emotions are a sign of improper function? One question is whether the symptom interferes with your quality of life and normal, daily routine. Is the emotion purely a response to something situational, or if it seems to be triggered by just about anything?
Western medicine sometimes separates treatment for mental and emotional health from the physical. Some patients feel a stigma or shame attached to seeking treatment. Sometimes, medications prescribed for these treatments come with a multitude of side effects. Acupuncture treatments do not carry these side effects. There is no stigma. Treatment is no more or no less important that treating your headache or low back issue.
We are complex beings. One’s person definition of happy or sad will likely not equal another person’s definition. Acupuncture works on any person whose systems are not functioning as well as they are designed to work. And since acupuncture works by driving up or balancing function, it can also balance the mental and emotional output of our bodies.
The focus is not to eliminate sadness, anger, grief, or frustration. That’s impossible. Those things can and will happen. What acupuncture can do for you is to bring them into a range of normal for you. Acupuncture can balance the emotions so that you have a better quality of life.