Mental Health and Acupuncture

Mental Health and Acupuncture

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Do you feel irritable, cranky, tired, restless, and stressed?
Are you living with depression and anxiety?
Have you been having trouble with sleeping, work, and your social life?
Do you feel tense for no particular reason?

Mental health concerns often fall to the bottom of out to do list when they should be at the top. If you are looking for supportive, understanding, and compassionate help our Doctor of Acupuncture has phenomenal success at resolving mental health concerns. The brain is an organ just like the heart, stomach, and kidneys and it needs healthcare too.


Anxiety is deeply uncomfortable and very common. Anxiety can be experienced as the sensation of restlessness, tension, sweating, rapid breathing, impending doom, fatigue, insomnia, stomach cramps, diarrhea, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, or generally feeling on edge.

Anxiety is felt on a spectrum from mild discomfort a few times a week to severe anxiety that affects every part of your daily life. Anyone with anxiety, no matter how mild or severe, can benefit from acupuncture therapy. Acupuncture treatments are incredibly relaxing, they soothe aches and pain, and acupuncture can be used to manage both the physical and mental-emotional symptoms of anxiety.


Research has shown that acupuncture reduces the severity of depression compared to usual care. A recent study on using acupuncture to treat depression: Link to Acupuncture and Depression Study

Depression looks different for everyone and it can be treated with acupuncture no matter how mild or severe the symptoms are. Common symptoms of depression are feelings of sadness, fatigue, feeling lonely, lack of interest in hobbies or work, restlessness, overeating or under-eating, digestive upset, headaches, muscle pain, jaw clenching or grinding, or irritability.

Acupuncture can be used at the same time as other treatments for Depression. You can use prescription medication, talk therapy, and other therapies and have acupuncture treatments at the same time.

Other Mental Health Concerns

Acupuncture is beneficial for several other mental health concerns including eating disorders, bipolar disorders, postpartum mental health disorders, panic disorders, and more.

Acupuncture and Medication

Can I take medication and acupuncture treatments at the same time?

Yes, you absolutely can take medication and benefit from acupuncture at the same time.

Our Doctor of Acupuncture, Dr. Melanie Morrill Ac. supports you where ever you are in your mental health journey. If you want to take medication that is completely fine. If you want to not take medication that is also completely fine. The medications you take are up to you and your medical doctor.

Acupuncturists do not provide guidance on medications. Please speak to your medical doctor or pharmacist before changing your medications.

Why am I crying after Acupuncture?

Are tears after acupuncture normal?

Acupuncture treatments can be profoundly relaxing for the body and mind. During an acupuncture treatment, people often feel physical relaxation as their shoulder unclench, their muscles relax, and the tension in their tummy fade away. The relaxation and unclenching extends to our emotions as well.

This can be felt like an emotional release. This may include crying, feeling suppressed emotions, or it can feel like a weight being lifted away. In the moment, it may feel overwhelming or it may feel soothing. For most people is a good cry and they feel better afterwards.

Crying or tearing up is the most common and it can happen during or after acupuncture treatment. It is more common when a person is working through an emotional upheaval or a stressful life event. It is perfectly normal to cry after acupuncture.

After an emotional release, most people feel better. Crying and feeling your feelings helps with emotional regulation and processing. There is no need to hold your emotions back during an acupuncture treatment, we have very nice tissues.

Crying after acupuncture is normal.

It is ok to cry after acupuncture.

Crying is normal and it is ok to cry.

Accessible Acupuncture keeps tissues on hand for you.

Always Wonderful

Kelsie Oliver
5 gold stars

I have known Melanie a few years now! She’s always wonderful to see! I just started seeing Melanie for anxiety just over a month ago and the difference her treatments have made on my physical symptoms of anxiety have been magical really! I am feeling like my body is floating at the joints instead of the constant dull aches that I had just got used to.
I don’t think I realized how much tension was in every inch of my body until I started recognizing the breaks from the anxiety and the brief moments of peace in my nerves.. almost hard to describe in words! She’s brought me to tears after each treatment and the release is like the best cry of your life but you feel refreshed and more free afterwards!
Incredible experience seeing Melanie! She is SO intelligent and knows her stuff! 100% have her business card up in my op at work for my patients to see! Thank you Melanie!