Skip to content

Acupuncture: An Effective Alternative for Psychiatric Problems

woman smiling with sun beams behind her

By Andrea Gurciullo, LAc, MTOM

In today’s world, the term “nervous breakdown” has become synonymous with mental distress and an inability to cope with life’s challenges. While not an official medical diagnosis, it is used by many to describe a state of overwhelming anxiety and psychological turmoil that affects individuals differently. The triggers for such a state can range from major life changes to health issues, and the symptoms may manifest physically, psychologically, or behaviorally.

This state of mental distress often leads to symptoms like depression and anxiety, such as persistent sadness, feelings of hopelessness, guilt, restlessness, and sleep problems. Moreover, stress can disrupt appetite, lead to panic attacks, cause fatigue, and impair concentration and memory. For some, traumatic events can even lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, with its intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, and withdrawal from social activities.

While talk therapy can be beneficial, it might not be enough when there is a significant physical component to anxiety and depression, like chronic pain or sleep disturbances. In these cases, addressing mental health from multiple angles becomes crucial.

Acupuncture, an ancient practice that involves the gentle insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, offers a promising alternative or adjunct form of medicine for psychiatric problems. Research has shown that acupuncture can have a positive impact on various mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. By stimulating the nervous and immune systems, acupuncture promotes a sense of balance and overall well-being.

Studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can significantly improve sleep quality, making it an invaluable resource for those struggling with insomnia due to anxiety or depression. The relaxation and stress-reduction effects of acupuncture help calm the mind and facilitate more restful sleep, which in turn enhances emotional stability.

Moreover, acupuncture has proven effective in reducing anxiety levels, providing relief from symptoms like restlessness, irritability, and digestive issues. By targeting specific energy pathways in the body, acupuncture can help release tension and promote a sense of calm and relaxation.

Additionally, chronic pain can contribute to the development or exacerbation of anxiety and depression. Acupuncture’s ability to stimulate the body’s natural pain-relief mechanisms can provide much-needed relief for those experiencing persistent physical discomfort. As the pain lessens, so too can the mental distress it may have caused.

What sets acupuncture apart is its holistic approach to healing. Instead of merely addressing the symptoms, acupuncturists aim to identify and treat the root causes of mental health disorders. By considering the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit, acupuncture offers a comprehensive treatment plan that can bring lasting relief and improvement in one’s overall well-being.

In conclusion, the term “nervous breakdown” may lack a standardized medical definition, but the distress it represents is undoubtedly real for those experiencing it. Acupuncture, with its time-tested principles and proven benefits, offers a great alternative or adjunct form of medicine for those facing psychiatric problems. Its ability to address the physical and emotional aspects of mental health makes it a valuable tool in the journey towards healing and well-being. If you find yourself struggling with anxiety, depression, or sleep disturbances, consider exploring the potential of acupuncture with an experienced practitioner like Andrea Gurciullo, who can guide you on the path to a healthier mind and body.

Our Acupuncturist , Andrea Gurciullo, LAC, MTOM has over 25 years of experience treating mental health disorders as well as pain and sleep issues. She is a clinical herbalist as well as a Licensed Acupuncturist. As always we offer free consultations so you can discuss your issues with her before deciding if Acupuncture is the course you want to take. She accepts many insurance plans and sees patients in our ProClinix Sports Physical Therapy & Chiropractic locations in Armonk, Pleasantville and Larchmont. For more information please feel free to contact Andrea at 914-202-0700 or at

Posted in Acupuncture | Comments Off on Acupuncture: An Effective Alternative for Psychiatric Problems

Acupuncture and Its Effect on Weight Loss

By: Andrea Gurciullo, L. Ac., MTOM


It is time to drop the fudge and get rid of the PUDGE!

Did you know that Acupuncture and Herbal medicine can assist you in your weight loss goals?

Acupuncture works byperson measuring their waist size

  • Increasing metabolism
  • Reducing appetite
  • Lowering stress
  • Affectecting the part of the brain that reduces hunger
  • Improves sleep
  • Improves bowel function
  • Decreases water weight


The rationale for using acupuncture for weight loss is based on the premise that weight gain is the result of disturbed energy flow to the regulating center of the brain, called the hypothalmus.  Researchers have found that acupuncture treatments have increased gherlin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat and metabolism.  

Acupuncture for weight loss is best achieved over a full course of treatment- Approximately 10-12 treatments delivered over a few weeks. We often add herbal medicine but there are a lot of variables when adding herbs into the mix so that is best to discuss with your Acupuncturist.   You should also follow a weight loss plan that involves calorie reduction and exercise

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Acupuncture and Its Effect on Weight Loss

Acupuncture Is A Popular Treatment for Infertility but Did You Also Know that Chinese Medicine Can Assist for All Types of Hormonal Issues?

close up of sleeping baby

By Andrea Gurciullo, LAc, MTOM


Women often come for Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for symptoms associated with perimenopause, menopause, PCOS, amenorrhea and painful periods. In addition, it can address hormonal imbalances that lead to migraines, low libido, anxiety, insomnia and fatigue (just to name a few). While each person’s case is different, treatment is often a combination of acupuncture and herbs for about three months. More serious issues may require a combination of both Western and Eastern Medicine.

For people who can’t or don’t want hormone replacement therapy for the symptoms associated with menopause, acupuncture and herbs can be a viable option for relief. A small 2019 study found that 5 weeks of only Acupuncture reduced hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and sleep disruptions in women dealing with menopause symptoms. They also concluded that acupuncture was a safe, cost effective and simple procedure with very few side effects reported.

There are several symptoms of menopause that acupuncture may help with, including: – Hot flashes

– Night sweats

– Pain

– Mood swings

– Anxiety

– Insomnia

– Fatigue

Painful periods can also be addressed naturally with acupuncture and herbal therapy. Period pain, or dysmenorrhea, is a condition affecting up to 95 percent of menstruating women, according to a report published in the Human Reproduction Update. Dysmenorrhea is classified into two types: primary, wherein no known health conditions can account for the painful cramps, and secondary, during which the pain occurs as a result of a diagnosed disorder, such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids. Multiple studies have shown that women undergoing acupuncture more frequently experienced more significant improvements in period pain intensity and related symptoms, as well as in overall quality of life.

Acupuncture can also address low libido. Acupuncture works to restore optimal health rather than suppressing or masking a particular symptom. Acupuncture increases your sex drive by improving circulation. Acupuncture promotes blood flow along the pathways that surround the reproductive and other organs that affect sex drive. Acupuncture can also address hormonal issues and stress which can directly affect your libido.

Acupuncture is well known in the treatment of infertility. In a study of 160 women, published by The Reproductive Journal of Fertility and Sterility, a group of German researchers found that adding acupuncture to the traditional IVF treatment protocols significantly increased pregnancy success rates. Acupuncture has also been shown to stimulate egg production in women who can’t or don’t want to use fertility medications.

Acupuncture works by restoring the flow of Qi, your essence, or your body energy. So with regard to infertility, treatments have a calming, restorative effect that increases a sense of well being and ultimately helps the body to accept the creation of life. By placing needles at key energy meridians, acupuncturists can move energy in a direction that encourages fertility.

Andrea Gurciullo, LAc, MTOM is a licensed and board certified Acupuncturist and Clinical herbalist. She has been in practice for over two decades. She is a Westchester native and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego Ca. A global expert in the treatment of pain she also specializes in the treatment of infertility. Andrea has always been passionate about helping women to conceive as well as maintain a healthy pregnancy. Andrea has studied under leading physicians that specialize in the treatment of infertility and gynecological disorders. Her other specialties include weight loss, anxiety and depression.

Andrea treats patients out of our ProClinix Pleasantville and Armonk locations. For more information about this article, please contact Andrea at 914.202.0700 or at

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Acupuncture Is A Popular Treatment for Infertility but Did You Also Know that Chinese Medicine Can Assist for All Types of Hormonal Issues?
914-354-3920 Directions Contact/Schedule