Somatoform disorders are chronic pain and illness with no specific physical cause.
Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help treat somatoform disorders. It is only natural that acupuncture can treat somatoform disorders. In acupuncture we view the mind and body as connected. The body is as an interconnected whole.
The Mind Body are Connected
It is only natural that our minds and emotions effect our state of health. We do not divide the patients’ experiences from condition. Rather the condition is just what you are experiencing.
The approach is based upon identifying the underlying imbalance in the body causing the illness. The basic idea is that disease happens from imbalances. Once the imbalance is corrected, your body can work to heal itself.
To diagnosis the imbalance underlying your issue, we look at a constellation of symptoms and how they fit together. Joint pain, headaches, frequent colds, stress, and anxiety, etc… we do not see it as isolated from the entire picture, but part of it to understand what is going on. We will also take your pulse and examine your tongue as well as specific acupuncture channels and points.
Each person’s overall symptoms are weaved together and creates a holistic picture of what is going on with you. Then an acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment is customized to your needs.
Mind body exercises
I find that many people suffering from poor health benefit from tai chi or qi gong because it helps boost your energy and improve your circulation. Tai chi and qi gong are slow moving exercises, that which are more than 3000 years, designed to improve your health. Many people have used them for improving health and strength while decreasing pain with great success.
Incorporating Mindfulness techniques can also lead to greater calm and relaxation that prepares the body for healing.