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Treating Mental-Emotional Issues with Chinese Medicine

An estimated 1 in 7 people in America suffer from some form of mental-emotional disorder, ranging from insomnia and stress to depression and anxiety. These mental-emotional issues are usually treated with pharmaceuticals that alter brain chemistry. Some add certain neurotransmitters while others block the absorption of certain natural substances. However, treatments for strategy are oftentimes a hit-or-miss affair, where even the pharmaceutical companies are not certain how their products affect the brain (see the second paragraph on the Xanax website, the fourth paragraph on the Ambien website, or the second paragraph in the Lexapro website). Combined with a litany of side effects and the possibility of addiction to these drugs, many people are looking for alternatives.

Chinese Medicine-- including acupuncture, herbs and lifestyle adjustment-- provides such an alternative, with minimal side effects. Within this ancient medical paradigm-- which did not recognize neurotransmitters and did not even understand the brain's role in thinking-- mental-emotional disorders stem from an overall imbalance in the body. It looks for the interraction of several symptoms such as tightness in the chest, shallow breathing, sighing, headaches, cold hands and feet, nightmares, phlegm retention, etc. In this way, we see the body as a whole mechanism, more than just the sum of its parts. Treating within this paradigm, we seek to bring the body back into harmony and restore mental-emotional balance without overwhelming the brain with synthesized chemicals.

Best of all, most cases do not require long-term treatment. Once the body has achieved balance, treatment becomes less frequent and in many cases may be stopped altogether if the individual maintains a healthy lifestyle.

If you decide to explore Chinese Medicine as a means of treatment, we would be more than happy to discuss it with you. Treatment can never be one-sided, with practitioner doing all the work; it is a partnership which depends on the patient also making lifestyle changes and complying with recommendations.

For information on what you can do for yourself, visit this article on our site.


How many mental-emotional cases do you see?
People coming for stress relief make up 10% of our practice. Combined with other issues like insomnia and anxiety, mental-emotional disorders make up 25% of our practice.

How often should I come?
The frequency of acupuncture treatments depends on your specific imbalance. Acute conditions might be treated 2-3 times within a week period, while more chronic situations may require less frequent treatments over a longer period of time.

Which Disorder is Easist to Treat?
Stress Relief is oftentimes the easiest problem to treat.

Which Disorder is Hardest to Treat?
Long-Term phobias are among the most difficult to treat.