Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for Motivation

Updated: May 28, 2020

A study published by the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative

Medicine looked at the holistic effects of acupuncture treatments. The study looked at how acupuncture treatments were conducted and evaluated. One of the areas this study looked at is 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 acupuncture on specific points can activate motivation centers in the brain, thus leading to increased physical motivation in the participants. Source:

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, eating right and getting proper sleep, many of us do not. This becomes a bad habit that can actually develop into depression, fatigue, insomnia and even nutritional deficiencies that can cause even worse physical problems.

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 an imbalance or blockage of meridians that run throughout the body. The reason TCM works so well at addressing and correcting motivation problems is because it addresses the body completely.

When people go to their doctor and tell them that they have no motivation, they are frequently prescribed antidepressants. One problem with antidepressants is they may not address the underlying causes of the issue. TCM looks at everything: the body, the mind, the environment and the emotions. This allows for treatments to be customized to the needs of the patient instead of a one size fits all approach.

Yours in health and wellness,

Dr. Angie

If you or someone you love is lacking in motivation, give us a call or click to book your First Session Free.

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