Many of us have never lived through a global pandemic like we’re experiencing now. According to recent research from the CDC, “young adults, as well as Black and Latino people of all ages, describe rising levels of anxiety, depression and even suicidal thoughts, and increased substance abuse” as part of the collateral damage of this year’s pandemic. An online survey of nearly 5,100 people in late June found that “the prevalence of anxiety symptoms was three times as high as those reported in the second quarter of 2019, and depression was four times as high.”
The CDC warns: stress during an infectious disease outbreak can sometimes cause the following:
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you rely on.
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
- Worsening of chronic health problems.
- Worsening of mental health conditions.
- Increased use of tobacco, alcohol, or other mind-altering substances
Interest in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has grown substantially in the US and Canada in recent years, with a MindBody report in 2018 noting that of all of the alternative medicine modalities, more people were interested in trying acupuncture than anything else. Even during a normal year, stress, digestive health, and sleep can drive people to seek treatment through acupuncture -- and we can all agree, 2020 is a year filled with more stress than most of us have experienced through our lifetimes. Many of the acupuncturists in our community were forced to close their doors during the early spring as we all quarantined in hopes of slowing the spread, and now most are open and operating above and beyond CDC guidelines.
If you’re not ready to try acupuncture, you can still incorporate Chinese medicine in your life. From Chinese herbal medicine to acupressure to at-home cupping and ear-seeds, there are many ways to use these ancient modalities to stay healthy and balanced during these difficult times. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be diving into specific ways you can sleep better, reset your digestive system, and improve your mental well being. If there’s a specific issue you want to tackle, just send us an email or leave a comment below. Stay healthy, and stay well.