Acupuncture for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Stress, anxiety, and depression are very common in our contemporary world and often occur together. Stress is a feeling of overwhelm. Anxiety is characterised by fear about the future and the unknown while depression is defined by consistent feelings of sadness or numbness and lack of interest in daily activities. Both conditions cause distressing physical, emotional, and behavioural symptoms. These conditions can be mild or can severely limit someone’s functioning in all areas of their life.

How can Acupuncture at Clearview help your mood?

Acupuncture is used to treat both illnesses and to maintain optimal health and is an incredible treatment for those with mild to moderate mood disorders. Ongoing exposure to extreme, intensive, or negative experiences disrupt the free flow and balance of your energy.

Clearview is known for being a leader in Healing Therapies and will personalise your Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine treatment plan for you. You will be in caring and expert hands with our healing expert, Heather, who specialises in Acupuncture for stress, anxiety, and depression and has completed extensive acupuncture and Chinese herbal training and received a Diploma through UTS in Sydney. Heather will explore your experience to identify the imbalances in your energy flow (Qi), and find the optimal needle placement.

Our treatments can range from a simple plan of needling and moxibustion (the use of a warming herb) and tui na (a form of traditional Chinese massage) to more intensive treatments that also address your diet, exercise patterns, and lifestyle.

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Cupping

Cupping is a technique based on traditional Chinese medicine which draws blood from the body to the surface to help relieve internal congestion using careful placement of an inverted, warmed glass on your body. Many cups can be placed on you at one time.

During the treatment, your skin rises, pores open, and blood vessels expand. This allows toxins to leave the body, improves circulation, relieves internal congestion, balances the flow of energy, and restores imbalances within the body.

Heather has been trained in Eastern and Western Cupping, and Remedial Cupping and combines massage and cupping within the session for maximum benefit.

Cupping does leave circles of discoloration on the skin, which usually heal in a few days. It can also cause swelling or other markings on the skin due to excess fluid or release of toxins.

Gua sha

Gua Sha involves repeated pressured strokes over oiled skin using a ceramic Chinese soup spoon, whose smooth edge is placed against the skin, pressed down firmly, then moved along the skin’s surface down the muscles or along the pathway of the acupuncture meridians.

Gua Sha reduces pain and inflammation, improves healing, and acts as an antioxidant.

After treatment, the skin shows a petechiae (or reddening) that disappears in a few days.

Moxabustion

Moxa, meaning “burning herb”, comes from aromatic leaves that have been harvested from the mugwort plant. This is a form of heat therapy which is applied to specific areas of the body, often acupuncture points, warm the area causing pain.

This process helps the immune system and increases circulation (which warms the body). This brings more qi and blood flow to an area which further helps ease tight muscles. Also, Moxa therapy has been used to turn breech babies during the final term of pregnancy.

Clearview currently offers indirect moxabustion where a warm sensation is felt in the area.

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Lee-Ann Taylor

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