Chinese medicine views the body as a whole – no need to speak of mind, body, and soul
to an acupuncturist because to us, they’re the same thing. Below are a few of some common issues we in the West associate with the mind or emotions.
Acupuncture has been shown to curb cravings of addictive substances, aid in detoxification, and address the emotional and psychological aspects of addiction. The NADA protocol is a specific and effective acupuncture treatment aimed to help people overcome their addictions. Smoking cessation, alcohol addiction, food cravings and emotional eating, and substance abuse are some common issues that can improve with acupuncture.
Anxiety, Depression, & Other Mood Disorders
In Chinese medicine, each organ system is associated with an emotion. When the body is out of balance, these emotions can become overwhelming and lead to other health issues. Likewise, when the emotional body is stressed, issues can then arise in the physical body. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine helps to re-establish balance and a sense of well-being by treating the root of the problem and get your feeling better – physically and emotionally.
Disorders such as ADD, ADHD, PTSD, insomnia, eating disorders, schizophrenia, suicidality, phobias, and other mental health issues can often benefit from regular acupuncture treatments and herbal medicine. Fibromyalgia, phantom limb pain, and other pain-related disorders that often have a psychological component can also benefit.
Sleep / Insomnia / Somnolence
Aside from decreasing your productivity and alertness, irregularities in sleep can wreck havoc on your health. Your body requires a sufficient amount of quality sleep per day for proper brain functioning, mood and hormone balance, and to keep you metabolism in check (among a whole host of other things). Sleep disturbances are often a result of other imbalances within the body that acupuncture can correct. Like stress relief described below, restful sleep is a given side-effect of acupuncture and if you don’t fall asleep during your treatment, you can likely expect a good night’s sleep on days you have acupuncture.
We all have it. Whether your stress is work, family, health, finance, or otherwise related, it takes a toll on your physical health and mental well-being. The good news? Stress relief is a natural side effect of acupuncture and its damaging effects can be reversed through regular treatment. Most people feel immediate relief after a session and that feeling often has a lasting effect. Want more information? Read Got Stress? Try Acupuncture for more information.
Acupuncture is highly recommended for individuals who have suffered a stroke with motor, sensory, speech, or cognitive impairment. While patients are encouraged to seek treatment as soon as possible after recovering (usually within 2-6 months), improvement in symptoms can be seen when treatment is started later as well.