Five Element Acupuncture Treatment for Depression

Survival in a fast-paced modern world can come at a cost, often manifesting itself as depression. Common belief is that depression results from a chemical imbalance, but that doesn’t really account for how complex depression can be. Research suggests that depression doesn’t emerge from having too much or too little of certain brain chemical. Rather, there can be many causes for depression, including faulty mood regulation by the brain, genetic vulnerability, stressful life events, medications, and medical problems. It’s believed that depression is a combination of many interacting forces.

Symptoms of depression are:

  • Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day
  • Markedly diminished interest in pleasure in almost all activities most of the day, every day
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain without dieting, or major changes in appetite or eating habits
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia nearly everyday
  • Psychomotor agitation or retardation (anxiety or lack of desire to do any thing)
  • Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, desperation, and psychic pain that are ongoing
  • Inability to think or concentrate; indecisiveness daily
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or a specific plan or attempt of suicide


Depression must be dealt with on every level of the person’s being. Five Element acupuncture is structured for this. The theoretical model of the five elements can be useful in diagnosing and treating a patient suffering from depressive illness. It is vital to assess the severity of a depressive’s condition, and tend to their individual needs. In any case, the five element acupuncture approach can be seen as one perspective in dealing with these conditions.

The body-mind is a self-healing, adaptive system. Emotions are part of the adaptive response. That includes uncomfortable emotions like fear, anger and grief. Unfortunately, we are often taught to repress difficult emotions and label them as undesirable or pathological. We attach stigma to mental health problems rather than looking at the root cause. However, these emotions exist for a reason, rooted in our most basic instincts.

Five Element acupuncture treatment for depression can facilitate healing in unique ways.

Benefits of Five Element Acupuncture for Depression:

  • Significant reduction in depressive symptoms including improved sleep, better digestion, and a greater sense of well being
  • Improvement of vitality and stamina
  • Improved relationships with others
  • Reduction in long term medication costs


Mental health is so important. Please remember if you are struggling with depression that you are not alone. Lifestyle habits like meditation, breathwork, diet, nature, physical activity, and sleep can help as well.

If you have any questions about how Five Element Acupuncture can help you, please reach out to Beverly.

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Five Element Acupuncture Treatment for Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal reaction to different situations or circumstances that we may encounter day to day. For example, it is normal and healthy to have anxiety when we encounter a stressful situation at work or trouble in our relationships at home. Naturally, our body will go into a fight or flight response, also known as our sympathetic nervous state. Anxiety becomes problematic when it is excessive and out of place; if anxiety is continually present without an identifiable event or stressful situation, there may be concern to get help for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

Signs and symptoms of anxiety include:

  • A sense of impending danger, panic, or doom
  • Excessive worry or fear
  • Restlessness and nervousness
  • Sweating, trembling, rapid breathing
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble with sleeping and insomnia
  • Avoidance of things and situations that trigger anxiety


Thankfully, anxiety is one of the most common ailments Five Element Acupuncturists work with and growing research shows that acupuncture helps treat anxiety, a condition that all of us will face at one time or another. Acupuncture works by reducing stress hormones like cortisol, promoting feel good hormones, and allowing the body to go into a parasympathetic nervous state (rest and digest). Western medicine is wonderful; however, it often has a one size fits all approach for treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Most often medications are prescribed, which can have serious negative side effects. Furthermore, Five Element Acupuncture is a preventative and holistic medicine that aims to treat the root cause of anxiety, not just suppress the symptoms.

Anxiety statistics:

  • More than 40 million Americans over 18 years old suffer from anxiety.
  • General Anxiety Disorder is the most common type of illness in the United States.
  • 30% of the population experiences an anxiety disorder at some point during their lifetime.
  • Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, though only 37% of people suffering from anxiety seek treatment.
  • Anxiety disorders can develop from genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
  • Women are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety than men.
  • Research shows acupuncture is a safe and viable option for treating General Anxiety Disorder.


Benefits of acupuncture for anxiety:

  • Five Element Acupuncture is an individualized medicine. Each treatment is catered to the individual and their specific needs. Thus two people receiving treatment for acupuncture would receive completely different treatments because they are different people with different needs.
  • Anxiety medication can cause serious negative side effects- acupuncture is a noninvasive and drug-free way to treat anxiety with no side effects.
  • Anxiety symptoms typically lessen after a few visits.
  • Acupuncture treats the root cause of the anxiety. Medication often only treats the symptoms.
  • Acupuncture is helpful for those who want to limit or stop drug use.
  • Acupuncture has increased popularity because it works.
  • Acupuncture works well with conjunction therapy and has been shown to enhance the effects of other treatments and pharmaceuticals.


The world we live in is so stressful. 2020, COVID-19, and politics have played a huge role in our livelihood. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), 36% of Americans say COVID-19 is having a serious impact on their mental health and wellbeing. Mental health is so important. Please remember if you are struggling with anxiety that you are not alone. Lifestyle habits like meditation, breathwork, diet, nature, physical activity, and sleep can help as well.

If you have any questions about how Five Element Acupuncture can help you, please reach out to Beverly.

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Happy Mother’s Day from Elements Acupuncture

A Chinese proverb says that if a mother is healthy and peaceful, her children and family will be strong. The best thing you can do for yourself AND your family is to get extra rest, love, and connection time. Easier said than done, right? Mothers who are at home during quarantine are facing the impossible: working, taking care of children, AND homeschooling all at the same time. We understand why superheroes don’t always wear capes. (more…)

Anxiety in the Time of COVID-19

Anxiety is often debilitating, accompanied by shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, sweat, excessive thoughts, intense feeling of worry, fear, irrational thoughts and even the feeling that you are dying. Eventually, anxiety will affect you mentally, physically, and emotionally. Some people start to have digestive disorders, like IBS, and the culprit can be the underlying anxiety. Others may suddenly have migraines or feel lightheaded. If you are having anxiety, take it as a warning sign that something must be addressed. Thankfully, there are many ways to keep anxiety at bay. (more…)

The Hope of Spring and Coronavirus Blues

We are living in uncertain and unprecedented times. Our lives have shifted dramatically, emotionally, and financially, and there is not a clear path of what the future holds. One might have missed that Saturday marked the first day of Spring. The Season of Spring is associated with the Wood Element. Now, more than ever, it is imperative to hone in on Wood’s energy of hope and optimism during this challenging time. (more…)

New spot Elements Acupuncture debuts in Austin

We are really excited to be featured in this MSN article! Please click below link to read! (more…)

The Spirit of Water in Classical Five Element Acupuncture

As a Classical Five Element Acupuncturist, I work with my clients to recognize the importance of being proactive when it comes to seasonal, emotional, and physical fluctuations. Currently, it is the season of winter, which is associated with the Water element. This is an appropriate time to discuss what makes the Water element so significant during the Winter season and what you can do to prepare for a bountiful spring, and more importantly, an abundant and healthy year. (more…)

Welcome to Elements Acupuncture!

I am happy to announce the opening of my practice Elements Acupuncture. My practice specializes in Classical Five Element Acupuncture (CFEA), which is one of the oldest forms of acupuncture and is practiced true to its original form! The fact that this medicine has been practiced for thousands of years speaks to the value and efficacy of Five Element Acupuncture. I am pleased to share more knowledge of Classical Five Element Acupuncture and the potential it has to offer. (more…)