Acupuncture and Mood

The following text is from the Evidence-Based Acupuncture's 2019 Evidence Summary of acupuncture's effects on anxiety:

"A 2016 systematic review with over 400 randomized patients . . . concluded that 'the effects from acupuncture for treating anxiety have been shown to be significant as compared to conventional treatments.' The largest of these studies . . . found that acupuncture had a large effect on reducing anxiety and depression compared to conventional treatment involving pharmacological approaches and psychotherapy, with over twice the reduction in symptoms."

In less enlightened times, the effects of acupuncture were skeptically claimed to be “all in your head.” We now know this is not true: acupuncture has been demonstrated to be effective in any number of scientific studies the world over. However, in the case off mood disorders and emotional symptoms – such as anxiety, depression, stress, tension, irritability, and mood swings – it could plausibly be said that the mechanisms of acupuncture start in the brain.

Under conditions of stress, an area of the brain called the hypothalamus releases neurochemicals that send a cascade response through the body and nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for activating and deactivating the “fight or flight” response, which triggers tension, increased heart rate, and other symptoms of alarm – which can translate into emotional distress. Acupuncture has been shown to modulate these responses on a physical level.

Further, many modern researchers are coming to understand other aspects of the mind/body connection. There are many situations where, for all intents and purposes, the body acts as the unconscious for the mind. Emotions don’t just happen in the brain. They reflect changes in the body’s chemistry and can result in physical sensations. Pain and disease can reflect mental traumas, and mental traumas can be treated with physical interventions, like acupuncture.

Acupuncture is an ancient medicine that that treats conditions in the mind and body simultaneously. At the time of its origins, it was also said to affect the spirit, making it a truly holistic intervention. The original metaphor was that it treats the body’s “qi” (or energy), which runs in specific pathways and points through the body.

There are many theories about how and why acupuncture works, but the most important thing to me is that it does. In nearly a decade in practice, I’ve helped hundreds of people feel better using acupuncture and supporting herbs, focusing a great deal of those efforts on mental health issues, stress, and other emotional symptoms.

– Dr. David Buscher, D.Ac.

Here are a few of the conditions Dr. David Buscher, D.Ac. has successfully treated with acupuncture and herbs:

Anxiety • Depression • Stress • Panic Attacks • Mood Swings • Addictions • Insomnia • Medication Side Effects • Lack of Energy • Lack of Focus • Back Pain • Headaches and Migraines • Digestive Issues • Autoimmune Diseases • Back Pain • Arthritis • Neck Pain • Allergies • Sinus Issues • Neuropathy • Sexual Symptoms • And other body pains and systemic issues