Acupuncture for Mental Health Treatment in San Diego

At Monima Wellness, we embrace a comprehensive and integrated approach to mental health, trauma, and addiction treatment, combining the strengths of various therapeutic modalities to offer the most effective care. Our treatment philosophy centers around the belief that true healing occurs when both the mind and body are addressed together. Located in San Diego, our outpatient facility offers an inclusive, compassionate environment where women and LGBTQ+ individuals can explore a blend of evidence-based and holistic treatment modalities, including acupuncture.


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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practiced for thousands of years. Rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism, acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles into specific points on the body, known as acupuncture points or acupoints. These points lie along meridians, which are believed to be pathways for the flow of Qi (chi) — the vital life force or energy that sustains living beings.

The practice of acupuncture is based on the premise that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a balanced state and that disease is due to an internal imbalance of Yin and Yang. This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of Qi, which can result in health issues. By stimulating specific acupoints, acupuncture seeks to restore the flow of Qi, thus balancing the body’s energy, stimulating its natural healing abilities, and promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Is Acupuncture Effective?

Despite its roots in TCM, acupuncture has gained widespread acceptance across the globe as a complementary and alternative treatment modality. It is used to treat a wide range of conditions, from chronic pain and digestive disorders to emotional and mental health issues. 

In modern medicine, acupuncture has been studied and utilized for its potential therapeutic effects on a variety of conditions. Scientific research suggests that acupuncture can help with the following:

  • Alleviating pain
  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Improving sleep patterns
  • Enhancing overall well-being

Acupuncture can assist in these areas through various physiological mechanisms, including increasing blood flow, reducing inflammation, and stimulating the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.

Benefits of Acupuncture for Mental Health

Acupuncture can serve as a critical aspect of mental health care, offering a holistic method to complement traditional therapies and enhance overall treatment outcomes. This ancient practice provides a multitude of benefits for those experiencing mental health issues, including proven success as an adjunct treatment for anxiety and clinical depression. Key benefits include:

  • Stress Reduction: Acupuncture effectively lowers stress levels, helping to calm the mind and reduce symptoms of anxiety.
  • Mood Improvement: The treatment stimulates the release of endorphins and other mood-enhancing neurochemicals, naturally improving mood and combating depression.
  • Enhanced Relaxation: Acupuncture promotes deep relaxation by gently stimulating nerve endings, aiding in the relief of tension and mental fatigue.
  • Pain Relief: Acupuncture is recognized for its pain-relieving effects, which can be particularly beneficial for those whose mental health issues are compounded by chronic pain.
  • Improved Sleep: By addressing imbalances within the body, acupuncture can improve sleep patterns, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.
  • Overall Well-being: Beyond addressing specific symptoms, acupuncture contributes to a greater sense of overall well-being, enhancing physical health and emotional balance.

Incorporated into a comprehensive mental health treatment plan, acupuncture works synergistically with other therapeutic approaches to support healing and recovery. This integration of acupuncture with conventional and other holistic therapies underscores our commitment at Monima Wellness to treating the whole person, ensuring a path to wellness that is both inclusive and effective.

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If you or a loved one is struggling with symptoms of PTSD or trauma, Monima Wellness can help.
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trauma treatment program in San Diego for women and LGBTQ+ individuals. 

Our Integrated Mental Health Treatment Approach in San Diego

Our integrated treatment approach at Monima Wellness is designed to empower individuals on their path to recovery, offering them the tools, support, and care needed to overcome the challenges of trauma and addiction. Through a combination of cutting-edge therapy, holistic practices, and a supportive community, we strive to facilitate healing, growth, and lasting change. In addition to acupuncture, Monima Wellness embraces an overall holistic approach to mental health treatment, incorporating:

  • Personalized Care Plans: Recognizing the uniqueness of each individual’s journey, we tailor our treatment plans to meet the specific needs and goals of our clients. This personalized approach ensures that each aspect of the individual’s health and well-being is considered and supported.
  • Combining Evidence-Based and Holistic Therapies: Our treatment model seamlessly integrates evidence-based practices such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) with holistic and traditional treatments like acupuncture, trauma-informed yoga, and mindfulness. This blend ensures clients receive comprehensive care supporting psychological healing and physical health.
  • Supportive Community Environment: Recovery and healing are deeply influenced by one’s environment. Monima has partnered with Ohana Recovery Residences to provide a safe, high-quality, and affordable transitional living environment for those in our outpatient programs. This community atmosphere encourages client connections, facilitating shared experiences and fostering a sense of belonging and mutual support.
  • Continuous Support and Guidance: Our dedicated team of professionals offers continuous support and guidance throughout the treatment process. From the initial assessment through the various stages of recovery, healing, and transition back to daily living, we are committed to walking alongside our clients, offering encouragement, expertise, and compassionate care.

These therapeutic modalities, among others, are thoughtfully integrated into personalized treatment plans, addressing each client’s unique needs and ensuring a well-rounded approach to recovery.

Why Choose Monima Wellness?

Choosing Monima Wellness for your mental health recovery journey means stepping into a community where your unique experiences and needs are deeply respected and honored. From your first interaction with us, you’ll find that we’re more than a treatment center; we’re a healing community committed to providing a nurturing and affirmative space.

Our approach is built on the understanding that each individual’s path to wellness is different, requiring personalized mental health care. Our dedicated team focuses on creating an environment where you can safely explore your challenges, with the assurance of being supported every step of the way toward healing and growth. At Monima Wellness, you’re not just receiving treatment; you’re joining a caring community that celebrates your journey to a healthier, more balanced life.

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San Diego Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine 

Guided by the expertise of Anita Lee Davis, DC, LAC, our Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, our team leverages the power of acupuncture to support mental health in a holistic, nurturing environment.

Dr. Anita Lee Davis has been in the field of Acupuncture for 20+ years. Anita has a strong background working with those in addiction recovery. She has worked at Betty Ford in Rancho Mirage, Casa Palmera in Del Mar, Akua Mind & Body in San Diego and Villa Kali Ma in La Costa. She trained in Beijing at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology. After studying there for three years, she had the experience of not only learning the principals and foundations of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), but also the philosophy of the culture and how it relates to TCM. For Dr. Lee Davis, health and healing is not only about the physical aspect. She believes that much is centered in our minds and hearts; therefore, for full healing to take place – the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional must all be in balance.

Begin Your Healing Journey with Monima

Curious about how acupuncture can enhance your mental health treatment?
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