Acupuncture is an increasingly popular form of treatment for mental health issues in teenagers. It has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, improving concentration and promoting deeper sleep. Acupuncture helps to regulate the hormones that control emotions, which in turn can allow teens to more effectively manage their mental health.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has conducted numerous studies into the efficacy of acupuncture as a treatment option for teenage mental health conditions. The NIH found that acupuncture was able to improve symptoms related to anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, insomnia and attention deficit disorder in teens. It also observed improved social functioning in teens who underwent regular acupuncture treatments.

Acupuncture can be used in combination with other forms of therapy such as counselling and cognitive behavior therapy to provide long-term relief from mental health issues in teens. It is a safe and effective way to help them find relief without the use of medication.

When performing acupuncture on teenagers, practitioners tend to use different approaches than those used with adults. The needles are usually smaller and thinner (no more than hair thickness) and typically remain in place for 20-30mins which allows the body time to adjust to the needles and respond more effectively, promoting a relaxing and healing treatment environment. Sometimes auricular (ear) acupuncture is used as it requires fewer needles overall which can help alleviate any discomfort associated with needle insertion, and Jasbinder uses acupressure tools for needle phobic patients, and utilises acupressure plasters to support her patients between appointments.

It is important to note that acupuncture should always be performed by a trained practitioner as the needles are inserted into specific points of the body in order to produce desired effects. An initial consultation will be needed for the acupuncturist to develop an individualised treatment plan for each teen based on their particular symptoms and needs. Jasbinder is a member of the Association of Acupuncture Clinicians and British Acupuncture Federation adhering to the highest levels of safe practice. Jasbinder offers 15 minute telephone consultations, available through booking with her PA Fiona Green on 07308- 176914.

Overall, acupuncture can be a safe and effective treatment option for teens suffering from anxiety or other mental health issues, giving them tools to effectively manage their emotions and lead healthier lives.

For more information on acupuncture for mental health issues in teens, please speak to a qualified practitioner. They can provide further insight into the benefits of this treatment and how it could help your teen manage their symptoms.

Please note that this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. If you or your teen are suffering from any mental health issues, please seek professional help.


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