Mental Health is as important as your Physical Health.
This month at Safflower we are talking about mental health. We are taking the time to look after our own, check in with our patients about theirs, and reach out to everybody in the community about what it takes to be “mentally healthy”.
The World Health Organisation states: “Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to her or his community.”
Is this not simply a statement of health? In Chinese medicine, the mind and the body are one and the same. The body must create a safe comfortable place for the mind to rest and relax; and in return, the mind cares for the body through good conscious and unconscious choices, and the positive emotional states – peace, joy and power. When we can just ‘be’, there is no fear of the future, and we can let go of the past. The body is happy and relaxed, whilst the mind is free to explore, dream, and create positive vision for the future.
In Chinese Medicine, we use the body to help the mind. Functional MRI studies have shown that acupuncture can regulate the limbic system and reduce the impact of the stress areas of the brain. Acupuncture also helps you release endorphins to make you feel relaxed and happier. Our herbal medicine formulas target different areas of body and mind to both harmonise, clear and relax.
Please come to our free Mental Health talk on Thursday May 3rd. The Safflower team will be exploring mental health through the eyes of Chinese Medicine, and Alicia Moltzen of Mind Your Health Hypnotherapy, will introduce you to the benefits of hypnotherapy to maintain optimum mental health.