Acupuncture for Depression and Anxiety
With modern day stresses and poor lifestyle choices, more people are suffering from depression and anxiety. These mental health conditions are still considered a stigma, so many people refrain from seeking the right treatments. And, when they do seek treatment, Western medicine advocates the use of strong drugs that can have adverse side effects. The good news is there is a way to treat depression and anxiety without resorting to drugs. This treatment is acupuncture. And, there is scientific evidence (clinical trials) to show acupuncture for depression and anxiety can bring desirable results.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a 5,000-year old Chinese therapy that makes use of needles to stimulate flow of energy through channels known as meridians. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes there are specific points on the body which, when stimulated corrects the imbalance in Qi or energy flow.
It is believed that the five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water – represent five emotions. These elements also interact with each other and this interaction has an effect on internal organs. When the elements are not in balance, it can pose an obstacle in the flow of Qi. TCM also believes the body and mind interact as a single entity. In other words, emotions can have a physiological effect. So, if you suffer from depression or anxiety, you will have physiological symptoms.
As more and more evidence, both anecdotal and scientific, is now becoming available, people finally are more open to using acupuncture for depression and anxiety rather than using medication for treatment.
Acupuncture and Depression
In TCM, when there is a problem in the flow of Qi, it results in depression. The organ responsible for the flow of energy in the body is the liver, with the spleen and heart supporting it. For treating depression, the source points are located in the hands and feet. Acupuncture stimulates the area between the thumb and index finger in both hands and the area between the big toe and second toe on both feet.
Even a single treatment of acupuncture brings immediate results and with continuous sessions, you will notice your depression fading. This is because stimulating the source points promotes production of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the “feel good” hormone.
Acupuncture and Anxiety
Acupuncture believes anxiety occurs when there is an imbalance of the kidneys and heart. This imbalance can occur due to diet, lifestyle habits, environmental factors or even hereditary. Source points around the spleen, ear, kidneys and heart are stimulated with acupuncture needles to treat anxiety.
Benefits of Acupuncture for Depression and Anxiety
Here are some of the benefits of using acupuncture for depression and anxiety.
- It is relatively painless, as very fine needles are used. When the needles are inserted, you may experience a tingling sensation
- There are no side effects to acupuncture
- You will experience positive changes after just one to four treatment sessions
- Besides treating depression and anxiety, acupuncture can reduce your stress levels, ensure you get a good night’s sleep and improve your digestion
Acupuncture is an extremely safe and effective treatment for depression and anxiety. There are no side effects, making it a great alternative treatment for people who do not want to use medications. However, it is important that acupuncture is performed by a qualified and licensed professional.
If you are suffering from depression or anxiety, do not delay seeking treatment. The earlier to treat your mental illness, the sooner you will recover. For personalized acupuncture for depression and anxiety visit Chiro-Med Rehab Centre in Richmond Hill or at our Newmarket location. Call (905) 918-0419 today to speak to our friendly and knowledgeable staff at our Richmond Hill Centre or (905) 235-2620 to connect with our Newmarket rehab centre.