In modern Chinese comprehensive Medicine, Acupuncture is frequently used to treat conditions like Anxiety
Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Chinese Medicine. It works on the principle of stimulating points in the body to correct imbalances in the flow of energy(QI) through channels known as meridians. This belief is based on the interaction of the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) having profound effects on internal organs, which are either yin or yang.
As with pain, mood disorders- arising as they do from a complex and poorly understood combination of biochemical (primarily neurochemical), hormonal, nervous system and brain processes, often including a significant psychological component-are an area where conventional therapeutic approaches, including pharmaceutical and psychological treatments, often struggle to achieve satisfactory results.
Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes the mind and body interacting as one meaning that emotions are seen to have a physiological effect on the body. Five emotions are represented by the five elements:
- Water (Kidney) (fear)
- Wood (Liver) (anger)
- Fire (Heart) (happiness)
- Earth (Stomach & spleen) (worry)
- Metal (Lung) (grief)