The conversation around mental health has become much more prominent in recent years due in part to the pandemic. Depression, loneliness, and anxiety have all increased for many people especially in the last couple of years. Sometimes prescription medications are needed to deal with a particular mental health issue — but people are often looking for drug-free alternatives.
Acupuncture is a great option for those struggling with mental or emotional issues.
Just for depression alone, users of antidepressant prescription medications can experience some heavy side effects; and there are those who, despite the prescription, are not helped by the medication themselves. Acupuncture offers a holistic option to deal with depression and the underlying causes.
Depression and anxiety can manifest in both physical and emotional symptoms. This is often an indication of an imbalance of Qi (pronounced “Chi”) in the body. Qi is defined as the body’s energy pathways flowing through channels in the body called meridians. When Qi is balanced and flowing through the meridian network, our bodies operate optimally. When Qi isn’t balanced, depression, anxiety, loss of appetite, high blood pressure, and even digestive issues can be present.
Acupuncture points for treating emotional and physical effects of mental health disorders are located all over the body. Before beginning your acupuncture treatment, I will take a detailed history and examination. Then I will choose the acupuncture points based on your history and report of findings.
Researchers have been studying the effectiveness of acupuncture and how it can help people who suffer from depression and the findings are positive. A study conducted at the University of Arizona examined responses of 34 depressed women who used acupuncture, generalized acupuncture not utilizing specific points, or no treatment at all. The study found that of the women who received acupuncture specifically for depression, 43% experienced a reduction in their symptoms compared with 22% for those receiving general acupuncture and 14% who received no treatment at all. After eight weeks, more than half of the women who received specific acupuncture were considered no longer depressed.
If you suffer from feelings of anxiety or depression, find out how the appropriate treatment plan can be developed based on your specific needs. Studies have shown that the right “dose” of acupuncture was the key in helping patients see results and a reduction of the symptoms of stress and depression. “Dose” is defined as both the number of treatment sessions overall, as well as the number of acupuncture points addressed in each session.
Herbal supplements, nutrition, and dietary changes can also be utilized to help bring you back into balance. As we have all seen over the last couple of years, we need to be as vigilant in maintaining our mental health as we are with our physical health.
Contact me today and experience the healing benefits of acupuncture!