Acupuncture for Mental Health
Acupuncture is a traditional therapy that helps to balance and unblock the channels of energy in your body. It inserts fine needles into the body that coincide with energy meridians in order to release any blockages.
The treatment may also include moxibustion, gua sha and Tui Na (traditional Chinese massage).
What It Can Help With
Given the link between our physical and mental health, acupuncture can consequently influence our mind. Our acupuncturist works closely with the mental health practitioners to tailor a treatment plan that supports the client’s mental health.
In clinical studies, acupuncture has been proven to have consistent beneficial on depressed mood. Acupuncture release endorphins. This is your body’s natural painkillers and provides a natural boost to your body and brain. This can help relieve the common symptoms of depression including feeling unmotivated and disconnected from life.
In addition to the depression protocol, acupuncture helps clients suffering postnatal depression by helping to regulate their hormones and addressing low levels of iron.
Acupuncture can help to regulate the nervous system and decrease stress hormones, helping reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety such as rapid breathing, insomnia, tightness in the chest and digestive disturbances.
Acupuncture can help clients to manage the extreme changes in mood, thought, energy and behaviour. The acupuncturist helps the client to identify the patterns of imbalance and address the depressive and manic episodes that they may experience.
Addiction creates a body-wide imbalance that affects the physical and mental health of the person who is suffering from it. Acupuncture seeks to restore the balance by managing the symptoms. Acupuncture promotes serotonin production, which is helpful for people struggling with opiate addiction. It can also help to manage the physical and emotional pain of addiction: acupuncture helps to detoxify and normalize liver function; promotes feelings of relaxation and pain relief; and help clients deal with insomnia, which is a common complaint of clients in recovery.
Acupuncture can help with brain development, stimulating blood flow to the brain. This can help to change brain activity helping clients with learning disabilities.
Acupuncture can also help clients with ADHD, which is believed to be an excess of yang energy, which can explain symptoms of hyperactivity and lack of focus.
Beauty and Well Being
Acupuncture can promote a youthful and glowing complexion by improving collagen production, smoothening wrinkles and evening out skin tone.