May isMental Health Awareness Month
, an important time to
acknowledge health issues that too often go undiagnosed or untreated. According to theNational Alliance on Mental Illness
illness affects 1 in 4 Americans. “Mental illness” is an incredibly broad term,
but essentially means a condition that “disrupts a person's
thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.”(NAMI)
Mental illness, according to NAMI, includes anxiety disorders, autism spectrum
disorders, bipolar disorder, ADD/ADHD, depression, dissociative disorders,
eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorders,
schizophrenia, and PTSD.
I'm reposting an email that went out this morning fromBoston Acupuncture Trauma Relief
to local acupuncturists. I think it contains lots of important information for all of us, not just those of us providing these acupuncture trauma-relief treatments. My heart-felt thanks to all of those involved in setting up Boston Acupuncture Trauma Relief for their incredibly important work this week.
can not express the depth of healing that needs to stat taking place
after this weeks events, thousands have been affected [.
The city of Boston, those of us who call the Boston area home, Americans, and people all over the world suffered a huge tragedy this week with the Boston Marathon bombings. The horror of this event has been well-documented in the media this week, as have the reasons that the Boston Marathon issuch a special event
and the numerous counts ofhuman goodness
, compassion, bravery, and devotion to one another.
Acupuncturists all throughout the Boston area and beyond are offering FREE ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS to those suffering in the aftermath of Monday's events.
I frequently see patients in my clinic for symptoms ofstress
or anxiety, and patients coming in for other health ailments often
report that the acupuncture seems to help them feel less stressed or manage
their stress better. But until now, science hasn’t been able to explain the
stress relief effect of acupuncture.
But a new study out of Georgetown University offers a
promising explanation. The study,
published in theJourney of Endocrinology
this month, found that acupuncture
can alter stress hormones in rats.
Ok, folks, it is that time again. Time to make some New
Years Resolutions and try to stick to them. Guess what? Acupuncture just might
be able to help. Here are some of the most common resolutions that people make,
and how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you keep them all year long!
Get in Shape.
One of the most common resolutions Americans make each year
more. Because acupuncture looks at the whole body, it can help
you in this endeavor in multiple ways. On a physical level, acupuncture is a
great treatment for sore muscles or joint pain following a hard work-out – the
kind of pain that may prevent you from sticking to your work-out regimen.
Thanksgiving is upon us, and it is time to think about all
the things we are grateful for in our lives. Gratitude is a positive spiritual
practice, of course. But did you also know that it is good for your mental,
emotional, and even physical health?
My hand was on the door handle to exit the treatment room.
My patient was lying on the table, needles in, under the heat lamp, all ready
to relax under the influence of the acupuncture needles for the next 30
minutes. My hand was on the door, and she said, “Um, Marcie? Can acupuncture
cure a broken heart?”
Can acupuncture cure a broken heart? What a question. My own
heart went out to her, as she lay there and told me about her recent break-up,
the confusion that came after, the sadness, the emotional pain.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine focus on
bringing the body back into balance, and reconnecting the mind, body, and
spirit to their right relationships with one another. In TCM, each energetic
system in the body has physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual effects. This
means that imbalance in a certain system can have manifestations in any or all
of these arenas. By treating the physical body, an acupuncturist can help heal
emotional or spiritual trauma. And by focusing treatment on an emotional
imbalance, we can right physical symptoms of imbalance and dis-ease.
Transformation. Change. Letting Go. Moving On.
not be words that come to mind when you think of the Large Intestine. But they
are just as connected to that system as are our bowels and our digestive
I’ve been thinking a lot about the Large Intestine lately.
This might seem a weird thing to say, but I’m an
acupuncturist, so I think about the body and its systems and functions a lot. I
also had someone close to me recently need to have colon surgery to remove a
Most people that come into my office for treatment come in
for various physical ailments – a torn rotator cuff, chronic back pain, women’s
health issues, digestive upset. Others come for a diagnosed emotional problem
or mental health issue – depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD. But few people think
of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help them deal with negative or
difficult emotional responses to life events – which is a shame, because acupuncture can be wonderfully
effective in helping people through a difficult time.