Seattle Acupuncture Associates

Acupuncture for Emotional and Psychological

Emotional or psychological disorders can be treated by acupuncture. Emotional and psychological disorders including anxiety, depression stress and Insomnia can improve with acupuncture treatments.


Acupuncture For Anxiety

Acupuncture For AnxietyAnxiety – Acupuncture for anxiety can reduce physical symptoms such as tightness in the chest, rapid heartbeat and breathing, digestive disturbance, headache and insomnia. It can also reduce the mental/emotional symptoms and instill a feeling of calm and peace. Patients using anti-anxiety medications are often able to reduce their dosage while achieving greater effectiveness.

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Acupuncture For Depression

Depression – Acupuncture can be used for both acute and chronic depression. It is a powerful treatment for physical pain which can be a cause or manifestation of depression. Patients often notice improvements in sleep and appetite soon after starting treatment. Acupuncture also relieves the emotional sensation of depression, helping patients to feel better and enjoy life more. Acupuncture can also be used to reduce dosage or increase effectiveness of anti-depressant medications.

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Acupuncture For Insomnia

Insomnia – Patients having acupuncture treatment for a variety of problems often report improved sleep as a ‘side effect’ of treatment. Acupuncture treatment is very relaxing and can help remove impediments to sleep. This is sometimes enough in cases of mild or situational insomnia. In cases of chronic insomnia, more specific treatment is often needed.  Your acupuncturist will narrow down the type of insomnia by asking you about whether you have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or both; how you feel when awake at night: tossing and turning, obsessively thinking, just lying there with eyes open; behaviors during the day and particularly in the hours before bedtime.

After establishing the pattern of insomnia, treatment can be tailored to the individual’s needs.

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Acupuncture For Stress

Stress – Acupuncture is an excellent treatment for stress and stress-related conditions from high blood pressure to headaches or musculo-skeletal tightness. Most patients notice increased relaxation and feelings of well-being within seconds of needle insertion. With continued treatment these effects become longer lasting and can persist past the course of acupuncture.

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