As an Acupuncturist, I often run into clients suffering from physical pain. They schedule an appointment with one goal in mind, “I hurt, fix me.”. It’s phenomenal that one would reach out for assistance with physical issues that affect their lives. I am happy to help. Whether they come to see me for right-sided, lateral Knee pain, a splitting migraine, weight loss or even digestive complaints, clients are often shocked when I ask them about their emotions. “What does my stress, or my anxiety have to do with my back pain?”, a client has asked me.
This is where education comes in to play. I explain to them the holistic approach to Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. That by looking at every angle of a person’s life — whether it’s physical activities, emotional habits, dietary choices or even thought patterns — an Acupuncturist can uncover obstacles that are keeping the client from their natural state of wellbeing.
Still, though, many people need convincing. And as a provider of Health (be it Physical, Mental, Emotional, etc.) it’s important to be well informed so that we can educate our clients with safe, helpful resources. There is great research out there that provide this information.
Acupuncture for PTSD
In 2007, a study in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease was published suggesting Acupuncture provided relief of Symptoms of Depression, Anxiety and impairment in people with a diagnosis of PTSD.1
Acupuncture for Depression
Published just this past week (September 24th, 2013) in PLoS Med, a study found that Acupuncture for patients presenting with depression produced significant reduction of depression at three months when compared to usual care alone.2
Acupuncture for Addiction
Among other noticeable benefits, a literary review published this year in Chinese Medicine reaffirms that Acupuncture works well not only for management of detoxification symptoms, but also to help prevent relapsing behaviors.3
This is merely scratching the surface, but the word is getting out. More and more, institutions (like the US Military, the Mayo Clinic and Duke University Medical Center, to name a few) as well as celebrities and elite athletes are turning to Acupuncture for relief. It is an exciting time as our clients have a lot of tools at their disposal to help them return to their natural state – Wellbeing.
1. Hollifield, M, et al. (2007) Acupuncture for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorders 195(6): 504-13
2. MacPherson H, Richmond S, Bland M, Brealey S, Gabe R, et al. (2013) Acupuncture and Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: A Randomised Controlled Trial. PLoS Med 10(9): e1001518. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001518
3. Leung, P. C., Zhang, L., Wong, L. E., & Pang, S. E. (2013). Acupuncture for Addictions. Chinese medicine, 1, 1.