May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an important time to acknowledge health issues that too often go undiagnosed or untreated. Mental illness affects 1 in 4 Americans. “Mental illness” is an incredibly broad term, but essentially means a condition that “disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.” Acupuncture can work in conjunction with therapy and medication to manage symptoms of mental illness.
I treat a lot of patients for fertility issues – it is probably one of the most common reasons that women come to my clinic for acupuncture. But while many women think of acupuncture as a means to get pregnant, most don’t know that it can also help them during pregnancy.