Here we will focus on Japanese Acupuncture to relieve stress and anxiety which are rife at the moment. So many people come to our Acupuncture Brisbane clinic to seek relief from these conditions.
While I’m saying this, I’m thinking what else do people do to get relief from stress and anxiety – they take pills, drink alcohol and smoke. Some undertake physical exercise which is a pretty productive way to tackle the problem, although in my experience it doesn’t always resolve it. Others may use massage, tai chi, yoga, heart therapy, listening to music or sound therapy – a myriad of methods.
However, in my experience acupuncture is incredibly effective in going down and embracing the fundamental cause of stress and anxiety.
There are two essential polarities in the practice of Japanese Acupuncture – the Yin and the Yang. Most people will know of the “Yin”, which is the dark aspect of the circle (used to illustrate these polarities), and the “Yang” which is the light aspect. The philosophy of East Asian Medicine clearly states that the Yin – the cool, dark or resting principle – controls the Yang, which is the active, hot, expansive principle. The Yin principle is the contractive principle.
The universal principle from East Asian Medicine is that the Yin or the form restricts the energetic or active principle and the Yang, the active principle, enervates the form so that it can move. So this gives us a wonderfully simple but comprehensive philosophy.
If we look at stress and anxiety utilizing this philosophy, it provides a very clear perspective. The Yin requires rest and sufficient sleep and sufficient time without stimulation. When we look at our lifestyle in the 21st Century, we notice that people turn on their computer each day and there is television 24/7. We have every form of stimulation we want to know about at our fingertips. So with this endless stimulation and work stresses such as pressured timelines and uncertainty about job security, it is understandable why people are suffering stress and anxiety.
Today we are dealing with a performance-oriented scenario – if you don’t make the grade, you are gone. This is a subliminal pressure – reflected in the need to get to work on time, to catch the bus/train or leave home by car at a specific time to avoid the peak traffic. We are all subject to this and in conjunction with this underlying pressure is the pressure associated with our individual personal lifestyles (what goes on in our personal lives) – the stresses, the losses and bereavement, moving house, mortgage foreclosures or debt. There are just so many stressors. Also, the media frequently seeks to generate high anxiety as this sells copy – just as they did when Putin was in Brisbane for the G20 and Russian warships were seen heading for Australian waters.
So the bottom-line is the Yin, the calming principle, is diminished at a much earlier age. Even for our children, the pressures are great – the pressure of school, achieving the High School Certificate and the overall need to conform to all sorts of cultural norms. The pressure on individuals is extraordinary.
In the academic environment, we have the pressure on university students to get work done in tight timeframes. I see a lot of Honours, PhD and Master’s students who are suffering from stress and anxiety. I also see students in senior years in high school – all of them “under the hammer” from the academic system that seems to take great pleasure from squeezing the very life out of the students. Excuse me if I am very emotive about this subject, but I don’t see that this level of pressure is in the best interests of the human race, regardless of the level of achievement – the costs emotionally and environmentally are enormous.
The Yin principle – the cooling, resting, calming principle – becomes diminished, and the Yang principle – the active principle – becomes overactive. The Yang acts like a class of children at school when the teacher is not there – they just do what they want.
So instead of the Yang energy being channelled through the structure or the human body in an active, purposeful, constructive and creative manner, it becomes a very deleterious energy and it erodes at the gut – it causes ulcers, nose bleeds, headache, stiff neck and shoulders and RSI. From an Oriental Medicine perspective, this is the basic underlying cause behind so many of these inflammatory conditions. There are also other unhealthy conditions, such as heartache and the inability to relax, resulting from this harmful energy generated through stress and anxiety – and we could go on ad infinitum to explore the health consequences.
I am extremely passionate about this area – I’m not happy with this situation as it exists in the 21st Century for the children coming through the system. It is very onerous for them and there is no question about it – I see the results of these stressors daily.
Japanese acupuncture restores the balance between the Yin and Yang energy and restores the body to its proper energetic and healthy level.
So if you need to gain relief from stress and anxiety, please do not hesitate to visit our Japanese acupuncture clinic in Brisbane or the Gold Coast.