Do you find yourself having less energy during the winter? Do you find it hard to shake off the winter blues? You’re not alone. As the days get shorter and we experience less sunlight and more cold weather, our bodies experience a shift in chemical balances. Acupuncture can play a role in combating seasonal affective disorder. Contrary to popular belief, seasonal affective disorder is not limited to the winter season. The spring and summer months come with their own set of symptoms. However, during the winter season, symptoms tend to be far more pronounced and prevalent. Here is how acupuncture can play a role in boosting your energy levels while combating seasonal affective disorder.
Acupuncture restores the body’s balance of qi
As stated earlier, seasonal affective disorder is caused by the body’s internal imbalance. In conjunction with the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the presence of qi is limited when one is experiencing seasonal affective disorder. Specifically, the imbalance is most likely to be present in the kidneys. The kidneys serve as the central organ that produces energy to the rest of the body. During the winter months, our bodies use up a lot of energy in order to stay warm. Sometimes we rely on improper sources of heat, such as caffeinated drinks, alcohol, or comfort foods to keep us warm. When you meet with me, I’ll provide you with some guidelines to follow on how to make the best of your energy as you try to stay warm. Some of these guidelines may be related to your diet or lifestyle as a means to complement your acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture is a natural form of treatment for seasonal affective disorder
Common treatments for seasonal affective disorder include light therapy and anti depressants. While those modalities can be affective, they also come with their own set of side effects such as eyestrains, migraines, fatigue, insomnia, difficulty concentrates, or weight gain. Also, these treatment methods don’t get to the root of the underlying problem. Instead of increasing the body’s intake of unnatural chemicals, acupuncture relies on the body’s natural reserve of chemicals. Your acupuncturist will focus on the specific acupoints that have a direct effect on your current state in order to encourage a greater release of serotonin and noradrenaline-norepinephrine. These chemicals play a big role in restoring the body’s balance of energy. As a result, you’ll feel happier and more energetic!
If you’re tired of feeling tired (and sad), then now might be the time to start considering acupuncture to treat your symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. f you think you may have symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, come talk to me or discuss your symptoms with your family doctor for a diagnosis. Whether you express symptoms of seasonal affective disorder or you have a confirmed diagnosis, I am happy to boost your energy levels during this winter season through acupuncture. If you experience severe depression, counselling or psychotherapy can enhance the efficacy of your acupuncture treatments. Contact me for a complimentary 15-minute consultation session to learn more!