Acupuncture is an excellent ally for those who suffer from emotional disorders.
Acupuncture has been used in China for more than 2000 years to treat mental health disorders, including schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by the inability to distinguish reality from unreal experiences, illogic, disconnected emotional responses, and unusual behavior. Schizophrenia is possibly genetic and may also be triggered by events and physical circumstances. Initial onset may be very mild and may be characterized by irritability, insomnia, lack of concentration, emotional disturbances, delusions, hallucinations, and disjointed logic. Schizophrenia affects less than one percent of the population and is often treated with pharmaceutical medications. Antipsychotic drugs have been used to treat schizophrenia since the early 1950s. While effective for some, antipsychotics can still leave many of those treated with disabling adverse effects, and safer, more effective health care interventions are being researched to try and redress this problem. Acupuncture is good for reducing anger, fear, sadness, worry, anxiety, depression, and stress of all kinds, with very few side effects, and has been shown to assist with schizophrenia.
New research concludes, “…that patients diagnosed with schizophrenia would benefit from acupuncture treatment alongside conventional treatment.” Acupuncture was effective in alleviating schizophrenia and the side effects of psychiatric medication. Acupuncture was also found to improve energy levels, sleep, physical disorders, and motivation.
Patients were treated with acupuncture at a rate of twice per week for ten weeks. Acupuncture caused a decrease in the “side effects of antipsychotic medication; decreased auditory, visual and tactile hallucinations; decreased anxiety and paranoia; improved sleep patterns…increased motivation including increased sex drive and ambition to further themselves in education and work; improved socialization and concentration…reduced addictive behavior in relation to alcohol and cigarettes; improved diet and weight loss; and improved exercise regimes.”
Acupuncture does help to identify causes and relevant events with effects residing in the body memory. We pinpoint some of the stressed and traumatized areas, release and reduce the levels of stress, so a new level of calm and comfort is gained. Point sites may be on the upper back, neck, lower back, hands or feet. The pathways involved have their own exit points which may be chosen to be treated. A common exit area chosen is at the shoulder/neck area. The symptoms of a person suffering from an emotional disorder are different in every case, depending on a combination of a person’s biological and personality makeup. Treatment is always on a case-by-case basis, a whole-person approach!
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Ronan P, Robinson N, Harbinson D, Macinnes D. A case study exploration of the value of acupuncture as an adjunct treatment for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia: results and future study design.. Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao. 2011 May;9(5):503-14. Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent, UK.
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