Acupuncture can be used to treat some mental health problems
Acupuncture is gaining acceptance in the U.S. as a treatment for mental health problems such as anxiety, stress and post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).
When Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast of America last year, help came for those affected in the form of Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB), a non-profit organisation formed to help people deal with stress, anxiety and PTSD.
AWB has since launched a campaign to help communities in crisis after natural disasters, or for families dealing with tragedies.
PTSD is an extreme psychological reaction to a stressful situation. It causes vivid flashbacks, anxiety and depression, all of which can impact the sufferer’s quality of life drastically.
Acupuncture is increasingly being used to break the ‘cycle of trauma’ by stimulating certain points on the body to encourage a smoother movement of energy. Upon penetration, the needles are thought to stimulate serotonin and dopamine production – the ‘feel good hormones’. Studies show acupuncture may be affecting the body on a complex molecular level.
“Over time, we’re seeing a lot more people whose doctors are recommending us,” said acupuncturist Mark Foley.
He explained that his goal is to help people enjoy their lives again – to wake up in the morning with a purpose and go to bed feeling like they’ve accomplished something.
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