Acupuncture for Mental Health

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.”

Sport Medicine & Oriental Medicine

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 healing of 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.

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