Everyone encounters emotional distress or major upheavals in our lives that can trigger a wide range of unexpected feelings, major disruptions to our daily functioning (sleep, exercise and diet), or clinical disorders (depression, anxiety, and PTSD). In Chinese medicine, mental health problems are viewed as imbalances between the yin and yang energies of the body, including consideration of lifestyle, diet, and constitution. Our body is made up of a living energy called Qi, and this energy circulates the body, including the major organs, through channels or meridians. Emotional and physical disruptions produce imbalance of qi in the meridians that acupuncture can address. Acupuncture can be an adequate modality for treating mental health issues because treatments plans are customized and designed to address root causes of patterns by helping to restore balance at all levels, body and mind.
This is how acupuncture helps:
Acupuncture raises the level of endorphins in the brain. Endorphins are neurotransmitters naturally produced in the brain to fight pain. They can also positively affect the mood.
Acupuncture can lower blood pressure, induce relaxation, increase circulation, decrease anxiety and treat sleeplessness to help patients better regulate their emotions and responses to stress.
Acupuncture can help regulate serotonin, a chemical in the brain that affects our emotional state.
No one needs to go through recovery alone. Your acupuncturist is here to help you regain balance in your body and mind.
Herbs & Mental Health
Chinese herbology can relieve emotional distress by treating the root cause of the mental state. In conjunction with acupuncture, herbal therapy can help restore balance in the body and mind. Chinese herbal medicine is often prescribed in these two ways:
Patent formulas – used to treat common for anxiety, PMS, headaches, depression, low energy, palpitations.
Custom formulas – no two patients and pain manifestation and type are alike; this is why our pharmacy can prepare custom formulas tailored to each case.
Upon requesting for herbal medicine, please inform us of all medications you are currently taking as some herbs may have adverse reactions to certain pharmaceuticals.
What About Diet & Mental Health?
A very large body of evidence now exists that suggests diet is as important to mental health as it is to physical health,” says Felice Jacka, president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research. “A healthy diet is protective and an unhealthy diet is a risk factor for depression and anxiety.”
Swimming great Michael Phelps, NFL Pro Bowler Tony Richards, Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali, and 18-time NBA All-star Kobe Bryant are just a few of the elite athletes who receive regular acupuncture, cupping and/or tuina treatments.
How can you benefit from the same level of support at your own level of fitness? Through acupuncture’s ability to:
Reduce inflammation, increase circulation and relax tense muscles.
Speed up healingof sprains, strains and soft tissue injuries such as bruises and tendonitis.
Naturally boost energy levels.
What about cupping & sports?
US Swimmer Michael Phelps made the headlines with cupping marks during the 2016 Olympics. Cupping involves placing a glass or plastic cup in problem areas and creating a vacuum inside the cup – suction is created on the skin surface. Stationary or massage cupping is a top modality to:
Remove toxins and alleviate inflammation.
Ease stiff muscles, particularly when using massage cupping.
Promote the healing of any injury or pain, from sports or other causes.
Alleviate respiratory congestion.
Ask us if cupping could benefit you!
Herbs & Sports
In 1993 when the Chinese women’s track and field team broke multiple world records, the world found out that all the members consumed a special drink made from Cordyceps Sinensis. The modern practice of herbal medicine, diet and supplementation can contribute to:
Enhanced performance in sports and daily life.
Faster healing and recovery for injuries such as broken bones, sprains, and strains.
Less fatigue from strenuous workouts or overtraining.
Ask during your consultation about how herbs and supplements can support your active lifestyle and contribute to a balanced training regimen in any sport or activity.
Pain can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. It has both physical and emotional components. It may be contained to a discrete area, as in an injury, or it can be more diffuse, as in disorders like fibromyalgia. Pain is mediated by specific nerve fibers that carry the pain impulses to the brain. Pain is present in various conditions such back and neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, menstrual pain, and headaches, including migraines. Acupuncture therapy is always a first line treatment for the treatment of pain and/or the underlying condition when appropriate.
How does acupuncture work for pain relief?
Acupuncture treatments work on two fronts: treating the root causes of the pain and alleviating the pain itself. Pain relief with acupuncture comes from inactivating the source of pain by modulating endorphin levels. Needling affects the cerebrospinal fluid concentrations of the naturally-occurring opiate substances acting at the spinal level or within the brain.
Local Blood Flow – acupuncture increases local blood flow to the painful area.
Corticosteroid Release– needling stimulates vascular and immuno-modulatory factors, including those of local inflammation.
Acupuncture also shows promise as a complementary therapy to control symptoms in the treatment of cancer. In fact, Western doctors have used acupuncture to treat the pain, fatigue, nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.
Herbs & Pain
Chinese herbology addresses pain by first diagnosing and treating the root of the pain. In addition, herbal products can support pain relief whether it is due to trauma, acute or chronic disease. Several product types are used:
Patent formulas – used to treat common pain types such as headaches, sore throat, knee pain.
Custom formulas – no two patients and pain manifestation and type are alike; this is why our dispensary can prepare custom formulas tailored to each presentation.
Patches & Ointments – various products are available to treat pain externally for joint, muscular or tendon pain
Please make sure you inform us about all medications you are currently taking as some herbs are contra-indicated with certain pharmaceuticals.
Did You Know That…
The Joint Commission issued a mandate in relation to opioids requesting that proactive steps be taken to encourage health care providers to prioritize non-opioid pain management options, including acupuncture.
What About Ear Acupuncture for Pain?
Ear acupuncture is a viable alternative to existing fast-acting pain relief methods. It can be an easier treatment to adjust to. Ask us if it is suitable for you!
A large randomized controlled trial involving 1445 patients with allergic asthma found that an integrative medicine approach in which acupuncture is added to routine care demonstrated improvements in both quality of life and physical and mental health.