acupuncture for mental health and stress

Acupuncture and Mental Health

For this issue, I decided to focus on stress and the use of acupuncture to treat mental health disorders. In this day and age, it is pretty much unavoidable. Fortunately, there are many treatments, including acupuncture, which can help alleviate stress, anxiety and even insomnia. Here’s how acupuncture helps, as well as, some other ideas to manage stress and improve sleep quality.

In good health,
Dr. Sarah


Acupuncture for stress

How it works:
In Chinese Medicine, we strive to find the root of the issue at hand in order to treat it, rather than simply the symptoms. Acupuncture has been proven to relieve stress, anxiety and other emotional disorders. Stress can arise from many matters in your life, so I make sure to create the perfect treatment for you by asking you several questions, assessing your tongue and pulse and coming up with a complete diagnosis, as far as, how your stress manifests and how to correctly treat it. Acupuncture provides a natural alternative to many mental health issues.

How else can we manage stress and strengthen our mental health? Exercise is a great way to keep qi flowing and help you manage your stress. Even if you just take the dog for a 20 minute walk after dinner, try to move at least once per day to keep a smooth flow of qi. If you’re the type of person that needs more intensity, go for it. Take a Spin class (mine, if you’d like!), hit the gym, or go for a run to crank up the intensity. Meditation, of course, is a fantastic way to decrease stress. Try to focus on your breath for 5 minutes per day, increasing it by a few minutes each week and soon you’ll find it much easier to shut off your brain for 15-20 minutes per day.

Acupuncture for insomnia

How it works:
Much like when treating stress or any condition really, Chinese Medicine treats the root of the problem. So, your insomnia is most likely coming from a completely different source than your friend’s or even significant other’s. Again, we look at your overall being to find the source of the problem, therefore create a correct protocol for you. Although mental health is definitely a factor, some other things you can do to help improve your sleep is, first and foremost, turn off your phone and iPads! I know, I know, I’m guilty of it too, but if you’re having trouble sleeping, there are so many things on your phone that could be contributing. From emails to Facebook to your E-Trade app, there are so many sources of stress on your phone! They are just not good to look at right before you’re trying to rest your brain. Not to mention that blue light that we’ve all heard about that causes your eyes and brain to wake up! So, try putting your phone on Do Not Disturb and put it away for an hour before you go to bed.

Another way to help you sleep is some white noise or (again, I know I say this all the time) a sleep meditation. There are thousands on YouTube and if you just search for whatever it is you need, I’m sure you can find it there.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Addictions (drugs, smoking, overeating)
I hope some of this helps you get a better night sleep or relax a little bit more. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I hope to see you all very soon!

In Good Health,
Dr. Sarah

Here is an article of the efficacy of Acupuncture and TCM on mental health disorders from Acupuncture Today.

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