Why acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been found to help with a wide variety of symptoms related to mental health, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, addictions and general stress.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing, biochemical balance and to improve overall functioning and well-being. This is done by inserting fine needles superficially to precise acupuncture points on the body. The treatment points which will be used for treatment here at CAPS will be limited to the ears, forearms and feet.

How does acupuncture work?

The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that interrupts the flow. The acupuncture needles unblock and reestablish the regular flow of energy through the meridians.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain which influence the body's own internal regulation system.

Acupuncture at CAPS

Penn students who are in individual treatment or participating in a group program at CAPS can schedule an acupuncture appointment with Beth Mark, MD. She is a CAPS staff psychiatrist and licensed physician acupuncturist. Treatment sessions are 45-60 minutes in duration and the treatment course is typically 4-6 sessions.

How do I schedule an appointment for acupuncture?

Speak with your individual therapist or group leader for scheduling details.