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. What makes East Asian Medicine so attractive for addressing mental and emotional disorders is the understanding the body and mind are interchangeable, interact and one influences the other. Our Acupuncturist work with the rest of your team to create a treatment plan that works in adjunct with other modalities.

Mental Health Benefits of Acupuncture

We recommend combining acupuncture with your counselling sessions by doing a session before or after therapy. Research has shown that acupuncture treatment may benefit anxiety and depression by:

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Acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety and worry

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Regulating levels of neurotransmitters (or their modulators) and hormones such as serotonin, noradrenaline, dopaminehence altering the brain’s mood chemistry to help to combat negative affective states

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Stimulating production of endogenous opioids that affect the autonomic nervous system. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, while acupuncture can activate the opposing parasympathetic nervous system, which initiates the relaxation response.

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Reversing pathological changes in levels of inflammatory cytokines that are associated with anxiety and depression

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Some of the most recent research suggests that depression is associated with dysfunction in the way that parts of the resting brain interact with each other; acupuncture has been shown to be capable of changing the ‘default mode network’

Acupuncture can be safely combined with conventional treatments such as medication or psycho-educational therapy, possibly enhancing their beneficial effects and reducing unwanted side-effects.