Mental Health

Acupuncture can be an effective tool in addressing

  • Stress

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Post Partum Depression

  • Phobias

  • Panic Attacks

  • Insomnia

  • Night Terrors

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)



Depressive Disorders Common symptoms of depressive disorders include: a decreased interest in most activities, insomnia, fatigue, and feeling empty or worthless. Even when depression is sub-clinical, the body’s immune system is compromised and the symptoms reduce functioning, while impairing work performances and social relationships. Acupuncture treatments can assist in correcting these imbalances, support the immune system, and can directly affect the way the body manages stress and mental health.

Anxiety and Stress DisordersAnxiety comes in a wide range of manifestations, from mild worrying to physical responses such as nausea, insomnia, shortness of breath, palpitations, OCD and panic attacks. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help balance both the mental and physical symptoms of anxiety and help to create harmony and spaciousness.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)a condition of the brain that makes it difficult to concentrate or control impulsive behavior. Acupuncture can help enhance concentration, reduce fidgeting, augment mood management techniques, reduce hyperactivity and enhance concentration.

TCM Acupuncture treatments have the ability to down regulate the central nervous system, in particular the stress hormone Cortisol. This can help re-balance the homeostasis of the body and brain, and bring relief from stress, anxiety and the physical symptoms they often cause. Acupuncture has also been shown to affect the limbic system, which is involved in emotions, motivations and feelings of pleasure, by increasing serotonin levels. In addition, acupuncture has been shown to increase the secretion of other central nervous system hormones such as adrenocorticotrophic hormone, beta-endorphins and noradrenalin thus helping to relieve pain and reduce stress.


Mental health issues are best managed when health professionals work together to meet the unique needs of each individual. Acupuncture is an excellent addition to any treatment plan as it is used to help the body restore balance, treating the root of the disorder, while also diminishing symptoms.

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