In normal times approximately 80% of acupuncture patients seek treatment for pain relief, especially back pain.
Yes, before the pandemic some patients would come for relief from stress, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, or depression as well.
But we are not now in normal times. COVID-19 has sheltered and pressured us in our homes for over a year with so many losing so much, especially those who have lost friends and family.
Acupuncturists are finding that many more patients are coming for help with their pandemic burnout issues.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years for emotional distress because, unlike Western medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine does not separate healing into separate psychological and medical treatments.
While acupuncture is no “silver bullet,” I have personally witnessed its power to support emotional recovery when for two years I was a volunteer acupuncturist treating veterans and recovering addicts for a wide range of emotional issues at a community clinic in Bristol.
While there are many different acupuncture protocols for stress and anxiety, one of the more fascinating protocols is ear or auricular acupuncture.
In addition to more traditional acupuncture, I practice the style of auricular acupuncture which is used by many physicians in Germany along with their allopathic medical treatments.
One of the advantages of ear acupuncture is that patients can go home with small seeds or pellets placed on acupuncture points in their ears to extend the effects of the treatment long after their office visit. (Type “ear seeds” at Amazon.com.)
Even more interesting is that about 40% of my patients ask me to teach them how to place the ear seeds themselves for their own home self-care.
Call George Chachis,L.Ac., M.S., Dipl. Ac.,for a free consultation at 610-662-0755 to see what acupuncture might do for you.
Caption: Acupressure ear seeds for self-care.