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Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine for Treatment of Mental Health Challenges

Mental Illnesses are more common in our world now than ever. Many health experts believe that a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine and lifestyle changes can be helpful in alleviating the symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, panic attacks, and bipolar disorder. Acupuncture for mental and emotional health is shown to provide partial or substantial relief to individuals in many cases.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine can also work as an adjunct to a traditional treatment plan, helping prevent common side effects of drugs.

A qualified and expert acupuncturist is adept at taking a detailed health history and truly getting to know you; and then designing a care plan that could include acupuncture, herbal medicine, mindfulness techniques, and nutrition wisdom to create a well-rounded plan that addresses your mental well-being from several angles. Our acupuncturists also incorporate classical Chinese herbal formulas as well as western herbs, such as adaptogens, depending on your individual needs.

Many experts believe that acupuncture can mitigate anxiety-related conditions as it shuts off the body’s fight-or-flight response (a psychological response to a perceived threat such as an attack or harmful event) by letting the parasympathetic nervous system take over. This allows the heart rate to slow down. Additionally, when the parasympathetic nerves take charge, the blood pressure and cortisol levels drop, allowing the mind to relax.

Acupuncture is known to improve mood by lowering the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone and increasing the levels of endorphins in the body. It offers a safe alternative to people who want to steer clear of the risks of adverse drug reactions and side effects. Acupuncture does not have any major side effects and is safe for most people.

In a study involving 750 people with severe depression, participants who received acupuncture treatment reported a higher decline in their depression level than those who received just counselling and usual care. Plus, the benefits of acupuncture lasted for 12 months.

Herbal medicines, when combined appropriately with lifestyle changes, acupuncture, and frequently, simple mindfulness practices, can do wonders for people with mental health challenges. At Monarch Acupuncture & Wellness, we witness the miracles of herbal medicine and acupuncture every day. Over the years, we have used acupuncture to empower our patients toward a great sense of well-being, and toward autonomy over their emotional well-being. For more information about treatment of mental health conditions, contact our licensed acupuncturists near you in Contra Costa County today and schedule your appointment.