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Acupuncture treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Acupuncture, which is originated in china as old as 3500 years, is believed to have the capability t
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Borderline personality disorder (BPD), also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD), is a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by unstable relationships with other people, unstable sense of self, and unstable emotions.1 Symptoms may be brought on by seemingly normal events. Substance abuse, depression, and eating disorders are commonly associated with BPD. BPD’s causes are unclear, but seem to involve genetic, brain, environmental, and social factors. The underlying mechanism appears to involve the frontolimbic network of neurons. The condition must be differentiated from an identity problem or substance use disorders, among other possibilities.2



The acupuncture treatment given to overcome this disorder is the treatment that related with mentall illness, which is scalp acupuncture. Usually treatment will last for 5 to 30 minutes, which is given one or two times a week. Some symptoms will go after first treatment, while other symptom will require more treatment. The channels to be stimulated include sympathetic, kidney, liver and lung.3 The areas and points listed below are those that are commonly found blocked in adults and children with Bipolar Disorder (BD) and related issues. The treatment centers on the scalp and points along the spine. You may use acupuncture or massage to focus on the following areas for healing: LI-18, GB-13. The secondary points are GB-16, HT-7 and LV-3.4

Acupuncture has been shown to help borderline and bipolar patients better regulate their response to stress. Chemically speaking, acupuncture treatment stimulates the central nervous system, releasing endorphins that bipolar patients may not produce in high enough quantities normally. This process helps bipolar and depressed patients to enjoy a significant reduction in their symptoms of mania while following a regular course of acupuncture.5


  1. Borderline Personality Disorder – nimh.nih.gov – 2017, https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/borderline-personality-disorder/index.shtml
  2. Borderline Personality Disorder – nimh.nih.gov – 2017, https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/borderline-personality-disorder/index.shtml
  3. Ear acupuncture for co-occurring substance abuse and borderline personality disorder – aim.bmj.com – 2014, http://aim.bmj.com/content/32/4/318
  4. Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Bipolar Disorder (BD) – yinyanghouse.com – 2017, https://theory.yinyanghouse.com/conditions-treated/alternative-natural-options-for-bipolar-disorder-bd
  5. Treating Bipolar Disorder with Acupuncture- pacificcollege.edu – 2017, https://www.pacificcollege.edu/news/blog/2015/01/14/treating-bipolar-disorder-acupuncture