Accountants are human too.
Between discussing tax, and other boring stuff, my accountant and I got into the subject of my mental health. That was when the topic changed to acupuncture and the successfully treatment his friend’s depression and anxiety.
This was a timely conversation as I was on the receiving end of pressure from friends and family to review my treatments and clinical support. I was certain that I didn’t wanted to change my psychiatrist but trying some alternative solutions seemed a good option.
Luckily I don’t have an aversion to needles and while I don’t understand Chinese medicine – that doesn’t make me a non-believer.
Becs Arahanga, who runs Awa Acupuncture, is a now member of my support team. For the past 10 weeks I have visited her weekly and I can feel positive results in my overall health.
Becs, who has the most wonderful healing hands and soul. She has many stories to tell about how acupuncture helps her clients. She has treated many people suffering from severe depression and anxiety symptoms.
How it works
As Becs explains, “Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s own responses. Needles are placed in energetic points on the body’s meridian where disharmony exists.
In the case of depression, the primary systems involved are the liver (responsible for the free flow of emotions), the heart and the spleen. For anxiety, the two main players are the heart and the kidney.
According to Chinese medicine any disharmony in the body affects mental and emotional well-being. What acupuncture seeks to do is manipulate the energy points to elicit a healing response.
The body heals itself
As Becs explains “It’s actually the body that is doing its own healing. The acupuncture just helps the body know what it needs to do, by switching on the right buttons.”
To start each session Becs does a full diagnosis, updates my medical history and takes readings by looking at my tongue and checking my pulses. Once she has made her selection, the needle action starts.
The super-fine needles are inserted into varying points depending on the diagnosis. This includes my back, ears, scalp, arms, stomach and legs. 20 minutes under the warmth of a heat lamp finishes the treatment.
Does it hurt?
The acupuncture is not painful but sometimes it can feel like a tiny switch going on. There might be a tingling sensation or occasionally a low humming vibration. I can feel change taking place and I always come away feeling great.
The results speak for themselves
Despite life’s usual ups and downs. I feel stronger, calmer and better able to maintain my equilibrium. (I’ve even lost weight.)
I am very pleased I have added acupuncture to my mental health toolbox .
The combination of mindfulness, meditation, medication, blogging, exercise, time out, healthy eating and acupuncture are all important to my recovery. Long may it last!