A research study by the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine looked at how acupuncture influences the function of the brain. By using functional MRI imaging, the researchers were able to see certain areas of the brain were stimulated during the acupuncture treatments. The study confirmed that acupuncture specific points can activate motivation centers in the brain, thus leading to increased physical motivation in the participants.
Everybody experiences times where they have no motivation. Lack of motivation can be caused by many things: weather, depression, nutritional deficiencies, rejection, and even not exercising.
Lacking motivation can be detrimental to your health. Even though everybody knows they should be exercising and eating right and getting proper sleep, many of us choose not to. This becomes a bad habit that can actually develop into depression, fatigue, insomnia, and even nutritional deficiencies that can cause even worse physical problems. We tell ourselves we don’t have time or we have no motivation or willpower. These are just stories we tell ourselves. EVERYBODY has time to care for themselves. It’s just a choice we have to make.
Acupuncture can help put the “pep” back in your step when it comes to motivation. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), lack of motivation is considered some sort of blockage along the energetic pathways that run throughout the body. Over time, this lack of motivation frequently develops into depression. When the body is depressed, nothing seems possible. But the fact of the matter is that there are underlying causes of depression that begin with the lack of motivation.
The reason our special brand of acupuncture works so well at addressing and correcting motivation problems is that it addresses the body holistically. When people go to their medical doctor and tell them that they have no motivation, they are frequently prescribed antidepressants. But the problem with antidepressants is they don’t address the underlying causes of the issue. In fact, another study showed that patients using SSR’s (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) had clinically significant apathy.
Our Edina acupuncture clinic takes the whole picture into consideration: your body, mind, environment, and emotions. This allows for treatments to be customized to your individual needs instead of a one size fits all approach.
One of the first things to happen when the emotions become involved, our body begins to send signals to the digestive tract. This is why those who lack motivation or become depressed often have no appetite. Energy comes from eating healthy foods. When we have no appetite, we tend to reach for those things like sweets and carbohydrates. These foods give us the quick “emotional high” that temporarily sedates the depressive feelings. But the excitement quickly goes away, leaving us right back where we started.
If you or someone you love is lacking in motivation, give us a call. Acupuncture and self-care techniques may be able to put the “pep” back in your step! Call our Edina clinic at 952-831-8080 or go to our contact page now.