Acupuncture for a Broken Heart
Published on October 13, 2016
by Dr. Caitlin Gordon

Acupuncture for a Broken Heart

Published on October 13, 2016 by Dr. Caitlin Gordon

Acupuncture for a Broken HeartI found acupuncture when I had a broken heart. That pain is unparalleled. It makes us desperate for relief. I had been left by someone I loved and was finding it impossible to fall asleep at night, my mind racing. In the mornings, I would wake up anxious and lonely.

I didn’t expect acupuncture to fix the pain in my heart, but I thought it was worth a shot to help me sleep. Much to my delight, not only did my sleep improve, but the crushing weight of grief lessened as well. I felt lighter after every appointment and more confident that I could recover my joy and sense of self. It was acupuncture for a broken heart that drew me to this medicine.

Acupuncture for a Broken Heart: Needles to the Rescue

I highly encourage scheduling time to go inward and be in your body. As opposed to activities which distract, numb, or delude, seek out time and space to be with yourself. There are a hundred different ways to do this, acupuncture is one. Many people experience disruptions in sleep or digestion, headaches, low energy, and trouble focusing when they have a broken heart. Acupuncture can help with each of these symptoms.

Acupuncture has a unique way of connecting mind to body.

Acupuncture helps us tune in, notice things, and our minds get a little quieter. Even if your mind stays busy, oftentimes you are able to observe that too (and this is the first step to quieting racing thoughts). The body can fully physically relax. We often identify a place in our body where a certain feeling “lives”. For example, the feeling of anxiety might be coupled with our throat tightening, fear with a queasy feeling in the stomach. By connecting mind and body we are able to successfully process emotions.

Acupuncture brings up emotions.What does processing emotion mean? A processed emotion loses its punch. It doesn’t grip, overwhelm, and consume like an unprocessed one. It softens. And then with a little time, it disappears, making room for new feelings.

Acupuncture brings up emotions.

These are emotions that need processing. Is your anxiety covering up an underlying grief that you really need to feel? Carefully placed needles can help calm the adrenaline-fueled fight-or-flight response enough to allow true feelings to surface.

Acupuncture is a safe space for sharing hard stuff.

Acupuncture, like therapy, is a “nothing leaves this room” place to share. Everything you share is privacy protected by strict laws and a code of ethics. I will not judge you, and all feelings are welcome. I will always strive to meet you with compassion.

Acupuncture is a safe space for feeling hard stuff.

You have a supportive (both physically and energetically) place to let emotions come to the surface. Emotional releases of all kinds can be hugely therapeutic. You can show up exactly how you are. There’s no need to act like everything is fine when it isn’t, no need to take on any role.

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