Part Three: Acupuncture for Anxiety and Depression

Acupuncture is a great and effective way to help manage anxiety and depression. An acupuncture session with a professional is ideal, but applying some simple acupuncture techniques at home throughout the day, can also be highly effective. Simple gentle pressure applied in a circular motion, for example a gentle massage on a fixed point for 2-3 minutes can really make a difference. The following post outlines a few points used regularly in TCM for anxiety, calming the mind and helping with depression. 

Shen Men and Sympathetic
 

These points, located on the ear, are very easy to find and stimulate. Shen men is located on the upper half of the ear near the inferior lateral wall of the triangular fossa, and the sympathetic point is located just under the ridge. When stimulated these points help to calm anxiety and slow down your heart rate. It’s helpful for impatience and mood swings, and is good for nervousness, pain and high blood pressure. Sympathetic is particularly good at rebalancing our sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system. To stimulate this point simply grasp your ear on either side of the upper ear and massage gentle in circles.

Heart 7

Located on the wrist joint on the radial (little finger) side there is depression formed on the proximal (inner) border of the pisiform bone (when you feel your outer wrist there’s a small bone and when you move towards the centre of the wrist you can feel a small depression). This is where the point lies. This is one of the most powerful points for calming the mindand regulating the heart. Insomnia, palpitations, fear, anxiety, agitation, poor memory and depression are all indications for this point. Gently massaging it regularly can help calm as well as nourish the heart system.


Pericardium 6  

 

This point is located on the inner forearm 3 finger widths from wrist crease (just use your ring, middle and index finger together to measure the distance) in between the two tendons. To stimulate this point use your nail and look for the most tender spot - apply pressure to that area. We use this point all the time in the clinic to help calm a racing heart, for anxiety, insomnia, moving stuck energy and opening up the chest area. It’s also the point that’s great for nausea and motion sickness.

Yin Tang

This beautiful calming point is also good for stress, relaxing, headaches, insomnia, clearing your sinuses and even increasing your intuition and inner knowing! Apply gentle pressure in small circular motion for 3-5 minutes.

Ren 15

 

Located just below the Sternocostal angle (breast bone) about 1.5 inches on or just below the zyphoid process, this point helps to regulate the heart for palpitations and calm the mind. It is great for that oppressive heavy sensations that might accompany depression or anxiety as well as clearing cough or fullness in the chest

Kidney 1

This point is located on the soul of the foot, between the second and third metatarsal bones, approximately 1/3 of the distance between the base of the second toe and the heel in a natural depression formed when the foot is flexed. This point is particularly good at bringing energy down from the head and deeply calming the spirit. This is great to massage when feeling anxious, ungrounded, have insomnia or general agitation.

For more information about how TCM can assist with anxiety, please contact us at Urban Wellness (info@urban-wellness.ca or 416-324-8888) to book an appointment with Angela. 

This post originally appeared on Angela Warburton's blog - see original article here

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