By Rev. Marie Regis, M.S., L. Ac.
Binging: An addictive process
As with any addiction, the process of binging is an attempt to numb against painful recurring feelings. Its relief is very temporary, and is often followed by frustration, guilt or shame. What is needed is an awakening: a clear realization of the destructiveness of that behavior, a sense that we deserve better, and faith and vision that a far greater quality of life is there for us.
Acupuncture’s effect on the mind
Anyone who has experienced acupuncture will tell you that it has a relaxing effect, regardless of the condition being treated. Classical Acupuncture developed, over centuries of research and practice, many protocols for treating mental and emotional problems.. Here are a few issues I have treated successfully in my clinic:
- Anxiety and PTSD, panic attacks
- Recorring nightmares
- Eating disorders
- Alcohol and drug addiction
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders
- Difficulty concentrating, ADHD
- Prolonged difficulty with loss
- Hoarding disorders
How it works
Acupuncture is based on Chinese medical theory. It sees the spirit, mind and body as inseparable. The harmonious flow of the Qi (life force) is key to the function of the muscles, internal organs, immune, hormonal and nervous systems. Chronic emotional problems can create illness over time, and vice versa. Acupuncturists stimulate points along the energy pathways to create specific effects on these internal systems, thereby altering the biochemistry and fostering an experience of greater mental and physical well-being.
Healing includes a process of deepening awareness. Acupuncture helps facilitate this in different ways, depending on your unique needs at the time. It can:
- Help us be more aware of our emotional experience
- Improve our ability to focus so we can think clearly and stay on track
- Bring awareness to unproductive attitudes we have towards ourself, or towards the outer world
- Support our feeling grounded and centered
- Calm the nervous system
- Improve memory and cognition.
Healing comes from within. Your readiness, openness to change, and participation is always key. A number of bad habits probably caused us to develop our problems. I will gently guide you identify these one by one, so you can make the changes needed, at your own pace.