Acupuncture Therapy for Depression


Depressing Statistics on Depression

Depression is common in the U.S.—in fact, it is one of the most widely reported medical conditions. However, many patients give up after receiving ineffective treatments. Other patients achieve partial recovery through medication, psychotherapy, and other techniques, but are nagged by recurrent depression or depression-like symptoms for years.

A common cause of depression is anxiety and stress, which cause chemical imbalances in the brain. In these cases, conventional treatments include anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and sleeping pills. But these drugs are not without side effects, including blurred vision, headache, drowsiness, and reduced libido.

Acupuncture May Be Effective

Researchers at the University of Arizona concluded that acupuncture is a very reliable and promising treatment, especially for major depression in women. Electro acupuncture, which involves the application of a tiny electrical current through acupuncture needles, is also commonly used for depression treatment.

Acupuncture is a safe, natural way to treat depression, with no side effects or drug-interaction worries. Acupuncture helps in a natural way to stimulate the central nervous system and increase the production of naturally occurring chemicals in the body, such as endorphins and enkephalins, which are responsible for a person's mood and feeling of well being.

Acupuncture therapy focuses on balancing the life energy (Chi), which regulates the emotional, mental, and physical balance of the body. With anxiety or stress, this life energy is blocked, or in a state of imbalance, which causes depression.

Acupuncture helps alleviate depression in a natural way:

  • Acupuncture never separates the mind and body, but treats both the physical and mental symptoms at the same time.
  • Acupuncture is an effective option for patients seeking to avoid drug side effects.
  • By reducing or eliminating the need for medication and its inherent side effects, acupuncture is an effective option for patients seeking to avoid drug side effects or interactions.
  • Acupuncture therapy emphasizes prevention and health maintenance by a balanced diet and lifestyle.

Tips for Healthy Living Free from Depression

  • Avoid nicotine, caffeine and alcohol, which aggravate stress.
  • Generally hot and spicy, or cold, raw foods and iced drinks should be avoided.
  • Eat a balanced diet, and avoid excessive meats and food high in carbohydrates.
  • Overthinking and overly ambitious goals should be avoided.
  • Avoid physical exhaustion and get plenty of rest.
  • Simple exercises, such as deep breathing techniques, may be helpful.
  • Take a full complement of Vitamin B, magnesium and iron, as deficiencies in these elements can contribute to depression.

More Benefits from Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture helps by balancing the hormones in the body responsible for the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual conditions of the body and mind.

  1. Acupuncture helps to create emotional balance, calming the body and mind.
  2. Acupuncture can improve your overall health and well-being.
  3. Acupuncture can improve mental focus and concentration.
  4. Acupuncture can reduce pain and muscle tension.
  5. Acupuncture can enrich your sleep, allowing you to stay asleep longer and sleep more soundly.
  6. Acupuncture helps you feel positive about yourself, and stay more interested in life.
  7. With regular exercise, acupuncture can help you increase your overall energy level.
  8. Acupuncture can improve your ability to handle changes, stress, and problems in life more easily.
  9. Acupuncture has been shown effective in treating eating disorders, which is the source of depression in some patients.

What is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture is a 5000-year-old healing art that is considered by modern medicine to be a safe and natural practice with no side effects.

In acupuncture the body is seen as a grid of twelve dissecting energy channels which are called medians. These medians are believed to be active channels of energy along which flow the life force of Chi. It is believed that un-wellness is caused by interruptions in the flow of this vital energy.

The medicine of acupuncture uses very small needles (about the thickness of a human hair) which are injected into the skin in one or more specific sites throughout the body. The acupuncture practitioner will then gently stimulate the needles to open and harmonize the corresponding blocked energy median.

Acupuncture is safe and pain-free. We use only thinnest, single-use needles, and the insertion is very shallow—just under the skin. The acupuncturist will then leave the needles in place for several minutes, while you relax comfortably. The needles are then removed and discarded. Many patients report a sensation of feeling refreshed after an acupuncture session, which may be a result of improvement in the flow of Chi.

Acupuncture is not a one-time treatment—most conditions require several treatments for effective results. In addition, depending on the specific condition, a schedule of maintenance treatments may be recommended to cement the results.