Neurological / Emotion-Related
The nervous system is an intricately balanced mechanism affected by hormones and biochemicals in the body, to other health concerns, and to our lifestyle and environment.
A stressed reaction to one's stressful environment can produce a host of mental and physical problems. Stress has been identified as a major contributing factor to "emotional issues" such as anxiety and insomnia, and to physical issues such as headaches and migraines.
Chronic health conditions both contribute to emotional imbalances and of themselves may involve the nervous system. These conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or dizziness, may be alleviated by acupuncture treatment plans or the symptoms may be managed with the aid of acupuncture.
Neurogical or emotional disorders include:
- Stress, depression or anxiety can result from difficulty in adapting to emergency, new, or continuing stressful conditions.
- Often lifestyle habits, such as using electronic devices before bed contribute to insomnia.
- Migraines and headaches may result from stress, but also from allergies.
- Nerve sensitivity can cause pain such as trigeminal neuralgia (facial), peripheral neuropathy (hands & feet).
- Damage to nerves can cause paralysis such as Bell's Palsy (temporary paralyis of facial nerves), post-stroke paralysis.
- Nerve damage can also cause dizziness or ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
- Symptoms of conditions such as multiple sclerosis can be reduced.
Although acupuncture has long been recognized as an effective treatment for stress, researchers are now pushing the envelope to expand that knowledge. For example researchers are discussing the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.1
On the neurological side, acupuncture has been found effective in reducing symptoms chronic neurological problems. For example acupuncture has been found to be effective in helping patients with multiple sclerosis with their gait2 and with pain, articulation, and fatigue.3
1. D. Church, D. Feinstein, The Manual Stimulation of Acupuncture Points in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques,
Medical Acupuncture, August, 2017.
2. M. Criado, M. Santo, et al, Effects of Acupuncture on Gait of Patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, April, 2017.
3. G. Petrovics, A. Ondrejkovicova, Multiple sclerosis in an acupuncture practice, Neuro Endocrhinology Letters, May, 2017.