Acupuncture for Depression
About two thirds of adults will at some time experience depression severe enough to interfere with their normal activities. Nearly twice as many women as men are affected by this often debilitating condition.
Depression is often symptomatic of the body’s response to overwhelming and constant stress. This stress could be the result of mounting anxiety, nutritional deficiencies, allergies to environmental influences, and any number of other stress-inducing factors. The symptoms of depression vary but generally manifest themselves n many different ways.
Doctors typically treat the condition with anti-depressants, which may take up to six weeks to take effect. Acupuncture works as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with talk therapies and conventional medicine.
In TCM, we aim to treat the symptoms that are unique to you using a variety of techniques to restore imbalances in the body. By inserting fine needles along various points in the body, acupuncture stimulates the body’s flow of energy or Qi, which regulates one’s emotional, mental, and physical balance. Acupuncture is believed to keep the body’s normal flow of energy unblocked, and thereby help restore mental health.
Inserting needles into the body’s key energy pathways can stimulate the central nervous system, releasing chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. This can promote the body’s natural healing abilities by altering brain chemistry and by helping to release neurotransmitters and neurohormones.