Psycho-emotional symptoms

Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help with the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety, trauma or phobia (fear of flying, fear of failure, fear of commitment, social phobia…)
  • Compulsive neurosis, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), compulsive thinking, worrying
  • High sensitivity
  • Self image: lack of self knowledge or self confidence, negative self image
  • Burnout and other stress-related complaints
  • Loss and grief
  • Depression, postnatal depression
  • Inner unrest and irritability
  • Getting stuck in “what if this, what if that…”
  • Identity crisis, heavy challenges (move, change of job, divorce…)
  • Psychosomatic symptoms
  • Unprocessed emotions, traumas
  • Sleeping disorders, nightmares, insomnia
  • Psychosomatic symptoms

Psycho-emotional symptoms can be treated in a holistic, natural way next to classic medical treatments (anti-depressants, calming drugs, sleep medication, anxiolytics..) Acupuncture has the major advantage that it does not have any side effects at all. Often, both treatment methods complement each other and can be used at the same time. For serious symptoms, it can be desirable to first consult a specialized doctor/psychiatrist.

Our consciousness (Shen) determines the health of our body. It is evident that continuous, recurrent or heavy emotions can cause health problems.
Anxiety, grief, feelings of guilt, hate, anger etc. cause a feeling of tearing up, getting lonely, cramp up, stiffen up, shrink…. Generally feeling contrary to the natural, revitalizing, warm, radiating and binding effect of the feeling of love that is at the base of life and health.

As an acupuncturist, I distinguish, based on a simple specific wrist-and belly diagnosis, between “excessive” emotional conditions (external stress) and more internal “deficiencies”, which are a consequence of a weakening of certain aspects of the Shen, from our deepest convictions. The latter can be congenital or acquired.

“Ghosts” or Gui (pronounce as “gkwei”) are compulsive patterns of behaviours that arise out of unprocessed emotions or traumatic experiences. Practically everyone walks around with small or large “ghosts”: everyone has experienced something that has left a strong impression, which could cause the derailment of one or more physical or psychological functions. A “ghost” can also stand still, very unnoticed. Emotional blackmail by parents, Lack of parental warmth or pressing cultural or religious convictions for example, can sometimes demolish the natural consciousness (Shen) and convert it to a disturbed deep conviction, which may give rise to deviating character traits, such as feeling depressed, inferiority complex, feelings of jealousy, envy, suspicion, fear of failure, aggression etc… which can be a deeper cause of disease.

In threatening situations, an automatic response can be a necessary self-protection; fighting for life, jumping away from an approaching car, but also the deleting, forgetting of unbearable events (which happens for example with child abuse or incest). The painful experience (physical and/or emotional pain) has hardly been “processed” if at all and categorized in the conscious memory. It stays imprinted in the subconscious like a snapshot. Later on, when a new stressful situation (unconsciously experienced as “analogous” to the original stress) arises, it reactivaties this cliché and evokes the same reflex response as the original event.

This automatic reaction, which may originally have been necessary and appropriate, is often not anymore. It is an overreaction. If the cliché is permanently enabled, then this emotional charge becomes a Gui, a “Ghost”, which is continuously on standby to impose certain compulsive behaviours or psychosomatic symptoms. This is comparable to Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

From the brochure “Acupuncture for Psycho-emotional symptoms” – ICZO (Bruno Braeckman)

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