Stress Management

Stress Management

The experience of acupuncture as relaxing and peaceful. Acupuncture calms the nervous system and regulates neurotransmitters making it an appropriate treatment for a variety of mental health concerns. Interestingly, a lot of patients find acupuncture useful in times when they are at a crossroads and are aware that they need to make big decisions and life changes. For some people this may be a career change, ending a relationship or dealing with family matters. On the flip side, many people seek acupuncture when change has been thrust upon them unexpectedly and they are having trouble adjusting – for example, loss of a job or death or a loved one.

At Fusion Acupuncture we are happy to work alongside other health professionals such as psychiatrists, counsellors, psychologists and your GP. Mental and emotional health takes time so we encourage people to utilise acupuncture on a regular and consistent basis as part of an overall wellbeing plan.

The most common emotional and mental health issues we see in the clinic are:

  • Acute Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Grief & mourning
  • Chronic Stress & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

These issues often coincide with other complaints such as poor quality sleep or insufficient quantity of sleep, digestive upsets, palpitations, nausea, tight muscles and others. Acupuncture sessions address these issues as a holistic treatment to improve your ability to manage your emotional and mental health. Since emotions affect us all differently, the more honest and reflective information you can give us about your general health the better we can tailor a plan to suit you.

A 2015 study by Chan et al, The benefit of combined acupuncture and antidepressant medication for depression: A systematic review and meta-analysis, found that the combination of acupuncture plus SSRI medication was a superior treatment to SSRI medication alone. The study also indicated that the treatment was safe and well-tolerated by participants.

A research article by Bosch et al (2015), Schizophrenia, Depression, and Sleep Disorders: Their Traditional Oriental Medicine Equivalents, deemed acupuncture as worthwhile and safe for major depressive disorder specifically in relation to sleep, mood and quality of life. The study shows promising evidence that acupuncture modulates and normalises the limbic-paralimbic-neocortical network.

Furthermore, a study by MacPherson et al (2017), Acupuncture for chronic pain and depression in primary care: : a programme of research, indicated that acupuncture is a cost-effective treatment compared with counselling or ‘usual care’ alone.

If you would like to read more about acupuncture and stress management, please read our Blogs and visit our Research Articles page.