What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is based in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which dates back more than 2000 years. In TCM there is a theory of Yin and Yang which is needs to be in balance within our bodies in order for there to be a state of wellness. When the Yang energy, which is active and warm in nature, is out of balance with the Yin energy, which is cold and subdued in nature, there is discomfort or symptoms of poor health. Acupuncture is a therapy that includes the insertion of extremely fine filiform acupuncture needles into specific points of the body which helps to boost the body's own healing abilities. Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions.
How does Acupuncture work?
The human body is naturally healing and repairing itself constantly. Our bodies produce natural pain relieving substances, anti-inflammatory chemistry, hormones, and immune system enhancers; all without the outside help of medication or surgery. However, our bodies rarely function at 100% and when faced with extreme or chronic stress the body cannot keep up. Acupuncture works by balancing our body's resources and allowing its energy (or qi) to flow freely, which helps the body squeeze more out of its natural healing abilities. The metal needles act as conductor in an electrical circuit by regulating and directing the body's energy.
How can Acupuncture help with mental health?
In Chinese Medicine emotional health is achieved by creating a balance in which people are able to feel all emotions appropriately. When presented with intense mental challenges we can become fixed in one emotional state. Acupuncture can help treat mental health conditions by opening the channels of energy (also known as meridians) and allowing the emotions to flow freely bringing them to a more centered and balanced state.
From a scientific perspective, studies have shown acupuncture to be an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, and addictions. Acupuncture has been associated with increase in endorphins and enkephalins. There is also data which indicates that acupuncture induces the release of norepinepherine, seritonin, and dopamine. By helping regulate the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones acupuncture can be effective in treating depression, anxiety, and addiction.
What does Acupuncture treat?
The most common reason people seek out acupuncture is for pain, but in fact it can treat an extremely wide variety of conditions including: depression, anxiety, allergies, headaches/migraines, fatigue, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal disorders, common-cold, stress, asthma, smoking-cessation, diabetes, PMS, menstrual cramps, infertility, menopause, and more.