acupuncture corner: may

May: Mind Your Mental Health

By Shannon Stevens, LAc

Since 1949, the month of May has been designated in the United States as National Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s easy to assume this is meant only for those living with diagnosed mental illness, yet so many of us are living with chronic low states of anxiety, depression, sadness, and event anger. May is a potent month to dig into your state of mental health.

May Wellness Tip: We live in one of the fittest states in the country, but working on our mental and emotional lives can still holds a connotation of weakness for some. This month, as we expand into the warmer months of spring and summer, take time to examine your mental and emotional state. Are you living with chronic anxiety? Irritated a little too often? These can be symptoms of unresolved emotional baggage, or even an imbalance stemming from internal physical sources that can be relieved effectively with acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

May Acupuncture Point: Yintang (M-HN-3, or “Hall of Impressions”). Located between the eyebrows, at the area commonly referred to as the “third eye.” Yintang is a classic point used by acupuncturists to calm a patient’s mind and provide relief from anxiety, insomnia, and agitation. As this point sits in front of the frontal lobe of the brain and by drawing your attention out of the emotional and reactive survival areas of the back brain, it can invoke a state of meditation. Yintang is also good for relief from headaches and sinus congestion.