In acupuncture theory, the body and the mind are closely interconnected. As well as being responsible for their physical functions, each of the organs has a mental and emotional aspect.
This is especially true for the Heart, Spleen, Lungs, Kidneys and Liver. Each of these organs has the role of “housing” a different aspect of the spirit and is also responsible for a particular emotion.
When your organs are healthy and in balance, you should be able to experience all of the emotions at the appropriate times, but not hang onto any one for too long. If a particular organ is sick, you may suffer from both physical and psychological symptoms. Similarly, sitting in a particular emotion for an extended period can lead to an imbalance in its associated organ and cause further problems.
When emotions such as anger and loss are suppressed, they can cause the chest muscles to tighten, constricting the flow of qi. This leads to multiple physical and psychological symptoms over time. Additionally, the organs can be affected by factors such as diet, lifestyle and climate as well as emotional stress and trauma.
Conditions such as anxiety and depression can arise from an imbalance in any of the zang organs that house emotions. The symptoms which you experience will depend on which organ or organs are being affected. If you would like more information, please see this expanded version of this article.
Acupuncture can help anxiety and depression by restoring the smooth flow of qi within the body and promoting harmony throughout the organs. As well as relieving symptoms, it aims to treat emotional issues at their deepest level, enabling us to break negative thought patterns and gain a new perspective on life.
From a scientific perspective, we know that acupuncture works to keep your brain chemistry in balance. This includes regulating the levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin. It also stimulates the production of endorphins which relieve stress and pain, and bring about a feeling of general well-being.
Because acupuncture works to stimulate your body's innate ability to heal itself, it can take several weeks before it reaches its full effect. This is also the reason that acupuncture is a far safer alternative to drugs or surgery. It provides a gentle and natural way for your body and mind to heal, giving you a greater sense of physical and emotional well-being.