Mental Health and Acupuncture

Mental Health and Acupuncture

Mental Health and Acupuncture

Mental health is one of the foremost reasons for people in the UK to consult Traditional Acupuncturists

COVID 19 & Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health. Many people including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. And services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted.


Fear, worry, and stress are normal responses to perceived or real threats, and at times when we are faced with uncertainty or the unknown. So it is normal and understandable that people are experiencing fear in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Life Changes

Added to the fear of contracting the virus in a pandemic such as COVID-19 are the significant changes to our daily lives as our movements are restricted in support of efforts to contain and slow down the spread of the virus.  Many life changes have occurred over the last 18 months firstly with the lack of contact with family, friends and work colleges. Now coming out of restrictions we face a new reality. It is important that we look after our mental health, as well as our physical health as we find our way into a different approach of living.  

Acupuncture Treating YOU  

Traditional five Element Acupuncture treats holistically in Body, Mind and Spirit. By looking at how life affects you as whole. Acupuncture can embrace all the different modalities that affect mental health. Treating you as an individual, treating your needs and responses.

Acupuncture  and the Nervous System

Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional wellbeing.

Acupuncture Research

Studies indicate that Acupuncture can have a specific positive effect on depression by altering the brain’s mood chemistry, increasing production of serotonin (Sprott 1998) and endorphins (Wang 2010). Acupuncture may also benefit depression by acting through other neurochemical pathways, including those involving dopamine (Scott 1997), noradrenaline (Han 1986), cortisol (Han 2004) and neuropeptide Y (Pohl 2002).


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