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Benefits of Acupuncture on Mental Health

Mental health issues can be disruptive to your daily life. They affect an individual’s beliefs, emotions, relationships, and ability to deal with the daily stressors.

Common mental health issues include depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and bipolar disorder. These and other issues impact the lives of people from all over the world and at any age.

Acupuncture treatments can help treat anxiety by reducing muscle tension, improving digestive function, and helping to decrease the heart rate. Acupuncture can give individuals a sense of calm and peace of mind, which helps to alleviate anxiety.

It’s effective for treating chronic and acute depression. Many individuals report that their sleep improves over time, and acupuncture can support sleep health, metabolism, and relieve many common symptoms of depression such as sadness, grief, irritability, and anger.

Cortisol, the body’s primary stress hormone, can also be reduced through the use of acupuncture, along with blood pressure and the resting heart rate.

A study from the University of Arizona highlighted the reduction of symptoms in depression among women, with more than half of the study’s participants reporting that they no longer experienced depression after eight weeks of treatment.

Research has also indicated that positive effects on blood pressure and heart rate can also be seen from the use of acupuncture.

More importantly, the sympathetic nervous system, which regulates the body’s stress response, may also be positively affected by acupuncture, helping patients find lasting relief from the effects of chronic stress.

A Comprehensive Approach to Treating Mental Health

Acupuncture can be a powerful supplement to more traditional mental health treatments. It offers a customized approach to treating individuals who suffer from some of the most common mental health challenges.

Used alongside other treatment methods, acupuncture can help build the foundation for lasting health and freedom from disease.

If you want to learn more about how acupuncture can help you in addressing your own health issues, contact us for more information.

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