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Acupuncture for Mental Health

Sarah Gandey, Registered Acupuncturist

May 29, 2017

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the insertion of fine sterile disposable needles into selected acupuncture points of the body. These points are located along channels of energy, called meridians, which run through the body and over its surface. Meridians are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these rivers is like a dam that backs up into others causing symptoms, pain and disease. Acupuncture promotes the body’s natural healing process to improve functioning and to restore balance to the body. When our body is out of balance this is when signs, symptoms, disease and illness arise.


Acupuncture can affect all major body systems and organs, including the brain and endocrine systems, both of which are responsible for maintaining the balance of body chemicals linked to mental health. In doing so, it is an excellent treatment for many mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, stress, chronic fatigue, pain and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


Acupuncture treatment for these conditions varies and is based largely on what is causing the condition. Treatment plans are designed specifically for each individual person and the symptoms they are experiencing. It focuses on treating the root cause of the condition while alleviating symptoms. Once assessed by our Registered Acupuncturist, Sarah, you will be given an ideal treatment plan to have you feeling your best. Acupuncture can also be added in addition to western medicine medication, and other forms of treatments for mental health.


Acupuncture for anxiety can help alleviate physical symptoms, such as panic attacks, shortness of breath, chest tightness, insomnia, and headache. It can also alleviate mental/emotional symptoms and instil a feeling of peace and calmness.


Acupuncture for depression can help improve symptoms such as sadness, mood swings, poor sleep, poor appetite, lack of motivation and pain related to depression.


Have any questions on how acupuncture can help you and your mental health? Contact our Registered Acupuncturist, Sarah: [email protected] You can also call 587 285 4411, or book online at www.bodytx.ca to book an appointment today.