Here in Kentucky, it's the week of Derby, a national holiday in this neck of the woods. What's the iconic beverage of the Derby? Why, the Mint Julep! What's that have to do with Chinese medicine? Well, there's an entire sub-set of acupuncture points located within the ear, which can be used to treat just about any condition or issue. I love to use these points for calming, especially in cases of anxiety, worry, stress, or insomnia.
One of my favorite ear points is affectionately called the Mint Julep! It's known by several names: Master Cerebral specifically - and Neurasthenia. Neurasthenia is a relatively out-dated term, but I appreciate the visual created by its descriptive nature; I imagine ladies quietly sipping Mint Juleps in the shade, relaxing and watching the world go by, even though 20 minutes ago, they were feeling quite flummoxed and frazzled. Who isn't already feeling calmer imagining that scene?
This point targets the prefrontal lobe of the brain, the part of the brain that makes decisions and initiates conscious action. It's known to calm nervous anxiety, fear, worry, dream-disturbed sleep, poor memory, obsessive-compulsive disorders, psychosomatic disorders, and the negative thinking that often accompanies chronic pain.
Want to try the Mint Julep point for yourself? Schedule an appointment today! Here's to your health! - Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist at Bluegrass Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky.
About the Author:
Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist, currently practicing in the gorgeous, horse capital of the world: Lexington, Kentucky.