Stress & Emotional

Bend, OR Acupuncture for Stress & Emotional Wellness

It is well established, through modern research, that stress and emotions can have a severe impact on our health. Most people don’t realize that the effect emotions have on us has been described in detail for over 2,000 years.

The classic texts of acupuncture and oriental medicine (AOM) tell us that:

  • Anger causes energy to rise, move up, and flare = instability
  • Sadness causes energy to constrict, move inward, and stop = isolation
  • Joy causes energy to move outward and disperse = exhaustion
  • Habitual overthinking or rumination causes energy to slow and stagnate = sluggishness
  • Fear causes energy to sink and freeze = inability to move

These are the basic five emotions. They combine to create complex feelings, mental states, and imbalances that can be variously identified and diagnosed. Each of these five has a well-defined impact on particular aspects of our physical body. 

A certain amount of emotion in reaction to an experience is part of life. Without it, life would be dull. Excess amounts of emotion, either due to a prolonged situation or experience or that result from other imbalances, can become disease mechanisms and patterns that must be addressed through clinical intervention.

There is a saying in AOM that all disease starts with emotions and our inability to control them. The effects that emotions have on our physical bodies over time is undeniable, and can lead to a cascade of symptoms that can affect every system of the body.

Therefore, the treatment of mental and emotional conditions has to start with identifying when symptoms first appeared, what was going on at that time, and how it was addressed. Typically there is an unresolved complex of emotions at the root of these conditions. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can be used to ease the process of unwinding the unresolved feelings. Often, in conjunction with other modalities such as talk therapy, people can free themselves of the hold of strong emotions.

Rob and Emden understand the complex nature of stress and emotions and have helped many people to move forward in a more free and balanced way.

Some of the emotional conditions we work with include:

  • Prolonged stress
  • Mild to moderate depression
  • Unresolved grief
  • Addiction

  • Seasonally affected disorder (SAD)
  • Emotional instability around menstrual cycle
  • Anxiety
  • Unresolved anger