Many practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine use acupuncture to treat depression because of the gentle and holistic nature of the treatment. Acupuncture is the use of very thin sterile needles placed into various points on the body to help balance the flow of energy, which the Chinese call Qi. This life force energy flows through 12 meridians, or pathways, throughout the body. Each meridian is associated with major organs and functional body systems. Qi is composed of two elements called yin and yang. Yang is masculine energy thought to be active and full of light. Yin is feminine energy thought to be passive and dark. These energies need to be in balance and harmony. When they aren’t, we become sick with illnesses including depression. Therefore, rather than merely focusing on the symptoms of illness, health practitioners who use acupuncture for depression focus more on supporting the whole body system. By stimulating the body’s vital force and restoring balance to the flow of energy, patients experience not only improvement in their depression but in their overall health.
There have been many research studies focused on acupuncture for depression. In a recent study, researchers at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Harvard Medical School determined that there was a high-level of clinical evidence supporting the use of acupuncture to treat depression. The authors analyzed the findings of various studies that focused on women who were pregnant and suffering from depression. Research showed that not only can acupuncture help depression, it is safe enough for both mother and unborn child. This is in stark contrast to conventional treatments for depression, such as antidepressants, which can’t be used during pregnancy because of the effect it could have on the baby. Research studies have also shown acupuncture used in combination with antidepressants such as fluoxetine (Prozac) create better clinical results than fluoxetine alone.
A typical acupuncture appointment begins with a detailed medical history and a physical exam if indicated. The needles are so thin that you might not even feel them, except for a slight tingling, heaviness, or a sensation of heat while the qi is being stimulated. An acupuncture treatment usually lasts about 20 minutes. Acupuncture for depression can be a perfect option for those seeking a safe and balanced state of mind.
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