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Acupuncture for mental health

I have over 25 years of experience treating patients with anxiety disorders using acupuncture and energy work, and I have seeing tremendous improvement in them specially when comes to managing their physical imbalances understanding what is healthy to their bodies and what is not.

Patients learn how to cope with their  mental health issues, as well as overcoming side effects of medications naturally. Understanding the patient’s needs helps me to properly diagnose and treat. Patients are happy when they are given direction and recommendations for their imbalances.

Acupuncture therapy has been used for thousands of years and has become very popular in the west. In the past 50 years several medical researches have been conducted to study the theories of the mechanisms behind acupuncture. One of the dominant findings in this research is its effect on endorphins.

According to these researches, Acupuncture points have certain electrical properties, and by stimulating these points the nervous system can emit a variety of biochemical reactions that influence other cells of the body.

During treatment the patient may experience some sensation from the needles. These sensations may vary with the treatment, but some that have been commonly described are numbness, tingling and warmth. Sometimes the needling sensation is experienced as propagating from the point of needling to another part of the body.
Fine needles, close to the diameter of a human hair are gently applied to the treatment points promoting deep relaxing and restorative experience.

Acupuncture treatment may take 5 to 10 sessions of 60 min each to achieve complete results.
Traditional Chinese doctors consider this to be one of the key indicators that the acupuncture is working and providing results.

Mental health conditions treated with acupuncture and acupressure

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness of the mind
  • Frequent disturbed dreams
  • OCD- obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Anorexia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Panic attacks

The initial consultation takes 1.5 hour and will involve a detailed case history and use a variety of techniques to determine the condition of Ki energy in the body. 

Following the treatment, recommendations may be given on gentle meridian stretching and self-acupressure as well as changes to lifestyle or dietary patterns to support health and well-being.

Patient will need 10 sessions initially then, another assessment will be made to determined areas that need improvement.

Treatment techniques used for mental health

  • Pulse and tongue diagnosis
  • Complete assessment and patient’s medical history
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Tuina Chinese massage
  • Ear acupuncture
  • Moxibustion treatment
  • Cupping
  • Gua sha
  • Qi gong
  • Breathing techniques to improve anxiety
  • Sound and walking meditation
  • Self-acupressure
  • Energy healing coaching

 

Guiomar Campbell

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Guiomar is a performing artist and an Integrated Health Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in depression and anxiety disorders. She has a degree in nursing and obstetrics from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil. She received her diploma in shiatsu therapy in 1995 and a diploma in acupuncture in 1999 at the Shiatsu School of Canada where she worked for 15 years as a shiatsu instructor in the diploma program. She is a member in good standing of College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist of Ontario (CTCMPAO). Guiomar specializes in men and women’s reproductive health, gynecology, pregnancy and post partum care. She also has lots of experience treating digestive issues, migraine headache, and insomnia.
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