Mental Health and Acupuncture

Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health disorders affecting adults of all ages. Traditional medicine treats these conditions with medications that yield varying degrees of success, and many adults with anxiety and depression who take medication still experience symptoms.

Acupuncture is an invaluable therapy that can provide alternative or complementary treatment if you struggle with issues such as anxiety and depression. This 3,000-year-old therapeutic approach provides safe and effective treatment for symptoms related to various mental health disorders. Read on to learn how acupuncture can help you find relief.

Understanding acupuncture

Used for thousands of years in China and throughout Asia, acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine based on the principal belief that disruptions in the flow of energy in neurohormonal pathways cause a wide variety of health problems.

Once a misunderstood modality, acupuncture is now widely accepted among the medical community and is receiving more scientific support than ever before. Acupuncture entails stimulating certain points on the body by using tiny needles to penetrate the skin. This stimulation helps activate the body’s own self-healing mechanisms to improve your health and well-being.

The acupuncture approach to mental health disorders

When you think of acupuncture, its benefits for chronic pain likely comes to mind. But this ancient treatment is good for much more than whiplash and lower back pain. It can help treat the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Acupuncture practitioners insert tiny painless needles in specific areas of your body. These points are predetermined and designed to alleviate blocks in the flow of energy. The goal is to stimulate your nervous system to produce natural painkilling substances and jump start your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Nervous system stimulation will help your body control symptoms of anxiety and depression by balancing parts of your brain that control emotion.

What to expect from a session

Acupuncture is safe when performed by a licensed and experienced practitioner. While it may sound scary because of the word ‘needle,’ you should know that acupuncture is a gentle treatment. The provider will use sterile, disposable needles to prevent any contamination and you won’t feel any pain.

You can expect to lie down on a comfortable table while the provider inserts very thin needles. Many patients feel a range of calming sensations once the needles are in place. The needles stay in place for about 25 minutes before being removed.

After the treatment you may feel a boost of energy or you may feel very relaxed. Each patient has a unique experience. Once your session is complete your provider will discuss an ongoing treatment plan to help manage your symptoms and reclaim your quality of life.

You can take control of your mental health. Call Wellness At Century City today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jessica Cho.

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