Acupuncture For Mental and Emotional Health

By Alice Honican, L.Ac., Bio-Energetic Practitioner 


For years, I’ve seen Acupuncture effectively treat patients with stress, anxiety, and sleep issues. This ancient therapy stimulates the release of specific neurotransmitters. The brain needs neurotransmitters to regulate mood, sleep cycles, breathing, heart rate and concentration. 

Chronic stress is detrimental to the mind and body. When a person is constantly in fight or flight mode, cortisol levels are elevated, and optimal rest and digestion are compromised.  When your system thinks it’s running from a bear, it prioritizes survival above all else. It can’t take on other simple functions like digesting food, restorative sleep, or fighting off illness. 

Acupuncture is a wonderful therapy that promotes mental and emotional health. The treatments are pain free and very relaxing, and a great way to give yourself some much-needed self-care. Each session helps the body relax, lowering cortisol and getting into a zen-like meditative state.  

Better emotional and mental health leads to enhanced physical health! Stress affects meridians and organ systems in different ways, affecting the flow of energy, or qi.  If there is a blockage of energy in the meridians, there will be a lack of nourishment to cells, tissues, muscles, organs, and glands. Chronic blockages can lead to pain, disease, stress, and diminishing health and quality of life. Acupuncture corrects these blockages and can alleviate many acute and chronic symptoms. 

This ancient therapy sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own health. For a chronic health issue, I would recommend a series of 10 Acupuncture sessions, or 1-2 treatments per week. Then, I’d suggest a treatment about once a quarter for maintenance.  

Acupuncture is safe for all ages. The therapy uses sterile, fine needles that do not hurt!  It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy.  As long as a child is able to remain still, they are old enough for Acupuncture!

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