Acupuncture is widely used to treat anxiety in both Asia and Western countries. It works faster than therapy and keeps you drug-free. In this week's episode, we're going to talk about how this helps with specific anxiety symptoms with my special guest, Laura Mellon.
Part One of 'New Help for Anxiety with Laura Mellon'
Laura Mellon grew up in the Dallas Fort Worth area and lived in Austin TX and the D.C. metro area. She's married and has two dogs. She adores food – both the cooking and the eating! Being outside in nature remains her favorite way to spend free time. Laura also likes gardening, hiking, scuba dive, paddleboard, and riding a bike. She believes that health is not just the absence of disease, and prevention is always better than cure.
Her undergraduate degree is a B.S. in Bio with a heavy minor in Chem. After finishing this degree, she worked in a professional laboratory testing for foodborne pathogens. Her interest in the field of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine wouldn't begin until around 2000 when a family member suffered a significant injury that affected several neurological aspects of living a healthy life. What started as a way to help her family became a voracious interest that led Laura to leave her career in the corporate world to go to graduate school.
Her graduate medical degree is an MSAOM, a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She's licensed by the TX Medical Board and nationally certified by NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine) as a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine.
"We think it only takes one anti-anxiety pill and everything will be better. But nobody talks about the consequence of whatever that medicine's doing to your body." – Dianne A. Allen (30:57-31:09)
Laura started playing with her first microscope when she was seven years old. At an early age, she felt the need to understand all the little stuff because we tend to lose track of how the tiny ones affect the big ones.
She's been practicing traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture for four years. There is so much information in this field, and there's no way you can assimilate two thousand years of knowledge.
One of the benefits of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine is helping regulate and balance the body so that it can work better, positively impacting anxiety. They make it either go down or go away.
Part Two of 'New Help for Anxiety with Laura Mellon'
People with anxiety are usually overloaded mentally. If you haven't consulted an acupuncturist or traditional Chinese medicine person, you're missing a big part of what you could do to help yourself. There's a lot of qualified acupuncture people who can help support your body and help it function better, whatever your case may be.
"There's a lot of qualified acupuncture people who can help support your body so it can function better." – Dianne A. Allen (39:45-39:55)
It matters to find licensed and qualified human beings so you can get multiple viewpoints, check in with your soul and see what works for you. Because anything you hear on one side of the story, you will listen to the other side of the story. Use your discernment to educate yourself properly so that you can approach your health and wellbeing in a way that serves you.
The world of Chinese medicine is so much vaster than just needles. Find the traditional Chinese medicine practitioner that you vibe with that you trust and listen to because they have some understanding that's different and complementary to other ways of looking at things.
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