Mental Health

acupuncture, tcm, chinese medicine

A peaceful mind / a tranquil soul

Traditional Chinese medicine understands the intimate connection between the mind, body and emotions. All experiences and emotions are processed through the Heart, which in Chinese medicine we call the ‘Shen’ or Heart spirit.

 

At certain times in life sudden and traumatic experiences can leave lasting emotional and mental impacts that affects our ability to live our life with a sense of inner peace and contentment. The most common symptoms and conditions effecting mental health include:

  • Acute and chronic stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Trauma
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Holistic treatment

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas are frequently used in the clinic to address symptoms of chronic stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. A holistic approach is emphasised, which includes regular acupuncture treatments or by taking daily Chinese herbs. Additionally, supplemental advise and dietary lifestyle changes are often prescribed to help ease symptoms. Chinese medicine treatments can also be safely used in conjunction with existing medical treatments and counselling for moderate to severe cases. Under the holistic care of Chinese medicine, we aim to:

  • Calm the nervous system and ease symptoms of stress or anxiety
  • Allow the body to self-regulate by moving towards the parasympathetic nervous system, also called our ‘rest and digest’
  • Decrease chronically elevated cortisol
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Increase energy levels
  • Support overall health and wellbeing

Ear acupuncture: a special mention

Auricular acupuncture, also called ear acupuncture, is utilised a lot in clinic for mental health symptoms. According to Chinese medicine, the ear represents a perfect image for the entire body, and contains over 100 points which correspond to various organs and acupuncture channels. After careful diagnosis, specific points on the ear are stimulated using either small painless press tacks or with very fine acupuncture needles. Certain points called Ear Shen Men (spirit gate), Point Zero, Master Cerebral Point, and the Heart Point are favourites in clinic for addressing insomnia, stress or symptoms of anxiety and depression. The NADA protocol is another example, which is often used to assist with addictions or withdrawal symptoms.

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