BBC Documentary: The Science of Acupuncture:
John Hopkins Hospital:
Q: How Do Acupuncture Needles Compare In Size To An Injection Needle?
Lila's Introduction to QI GONG:
Q: Is “dry needling / medical acupuncture” the same as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture?
A: The practices of “dry needling / medical acupuncture” and TCM acupuncture are very different as briefly described below.
Dry Needling / Medical Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture
715 2nd Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta Canada
Links & Frequently Asked Questions
Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays (403)317-0620
Mental Health & Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture Resources and Tips
1. UNDERSTANDING MENTAL HEALTH
Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. A mental health concern becomes a mental disorder when ongoing symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function. Signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder can vary, depending on the disorder, circumstances and other factors. A mental health disorder can make you miserable and can cause problems in your daily life. Mental health disorders may also cause physical health problems.
If you have any signs or symptoms of a mental disorder, seek treatment therapy. Most mental disorders don't improve on their own, and if untreated, may get worse over time and cause serious problems.
Suicidal thoughts and behavior are common with some mental health disorders. If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, get help right away:
Alberta Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Alberta Health Services 811
Alberta Health Services
If your loved one shows signs of mental illness, have an open and honest discussion with them about your concerns. You may not be able to force someone to get professional care, but you can offer encouragement and support. You can also help your loved one find a qualified mental health professional.
2. TREATMENT OPTIONS
2.1 Complementary and Alternative Therapies
There are several treatments including complementary and alternative therapies that may be used in place of or addition to Western medicine approaches. These therapies include:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Spiritual/ Energy healing
Choose a therapy that suits your needs. Research the therapy and know what to expect. Other people may tell you what has worked for them, but the results may be different for you.
2.2 Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
If you have any signs or symptoms of a mental disorder, seek help from your medical health professional or a qualified mental health professional. If you decide to pursue acupuncture or other TCM methodologies, contact a registered TCM practitioner. They are trained and experienced in diagnosing and treating the imbalances of mental health conditions.
TCM treats mental health conditions through a holistic treatment approach linking the mind, body and spirit. This approach recognizes that our wellness comes not just from physical health, but from mental health and spiritual health as well. To be “healthy,” we must pay attention to all three aspects of our nature. The treatment principle in TCM is based upon recognition of the pattern of disharmonies in these aspects.
TCM treatment for emotional disorders may involve different modalities including acupuncture, acupressure, Tui na, gua sha, cupping and herbal treatments. These, by using a holistic and natural approach, have the advantage of being free from the harmful side-effects and dependencies of pharmacologic treatment.
Acupuncture and other TCM methodologies may be appropriate as stand-alone therapies or as complementary therapies to Western medicine approaches.
Tui na is a type of medical massage and manipulation that involves stimulating various acupressure points on the body according to TCM principles. Tui na is an especially useful modality for children with emotional disorders, as parents can perform the treatments. This enhances emotional stability and provides comfort while promoting spiritual vitality.
It is recognized that various conditions may limit the ability for in-person assessments and treatments. There are self- treatment options. While not as effective and not intended as a replacement for treatment by a registered TCM practitioner, these treatments may provide some relief from mental health concerns.
2.2.1. Acupressure Massage Self-Treatment
The massage of the acupressure points should help decrease the intensity, frequency and or duration of your anxiety. You may notice immediate or a delayed reaction to the acupressure massage as ideally combined with acupuncture results are sooner and longer lasting.
Attached are photos of the acupressure points for you to massage for 1 minute 3 - 4 times per day.
2.2.2. Meditation Self-Treatment
Take a few nice deep belly breaths through your nose and slowly blow out through your mouth and let your body sink into the bed or chair. If you find you’re having a hard time relaxing take your mind to happy place and remain there in our thoughts and breathing.
Guided Sleep Meditation for Kids and Parents
5 Minute Meditation for Teens