Acupuncture for Depression

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat various health conditions from fertility to back ache and of course, depression.  Although it's still relatively new to western countries, (it originated in ancient China) it's becoming more and more popular with those people seeking natural and alternative medicines to treat their ailments.

The process works by using specially designed acupuncture needles which are inserted into certain parts of the body that relate to the various acupressure points on the body.  These points are said to be connected to various energy pathways in the body to internal organs.  The needles work by unblocking the energy flow (or Qi) to help the body heal itself.

But can acupuncture really work for depression?

While formal studies have shown mixed results with no conclusive proof, many patients do say that the treatment has been a success.

And since it is a relative simple procedure it doesn't hurt (no pun intended) to try to see if it will work for you.

Especially knowing that there are no side effects and most patients report an increase in energy and well-being by being treated via acupuncture.

How does it work?

When dealing with depression, the acupuncture needles are usually put into the right hand side of the body which is said to stimulate the 'happy' energy flow to the right areas of the brain.

The healer will also probably focus on healing the liver since the liver plays an important role suppling blood to the other body organs.  The liver is also said to control the emotion anger.

Usually you will be given Chinese herbs as a complement to the needle therapy as well to again help boost the energy flow throughout the body.

While Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doesn't formally recognise depression as an illness it does say that any energy blockages in the body can cause a range of symptoms including sadness, anxiety and fearfulness. 

By changing the way the neurotransmitters work, the body can release serotonin levels itself, ultimately curing the depression.

Usually the healing process with take place over a period of 3 to 6 months with you attending sessions once or twice a week.

For this reason in can get quite expensive, although some private health funds cover alternative medicine treatments so check with your provider.

Where to go to get Treatment

Obviously acupuncture is not something that you can do yourself at home, you will need to find an experienced qualified acupuncture specialist.  Many TCM practitioners specialise in a specific area of acupuncture treatment - so find one that has experience in dealing with mental illnesses including depression to get the best results.

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DawnMarie Davis 6 years ago from PA

Very informative, and well written! Thanks!

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traceye 6 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks DawnMarie, nice of you to drop by!

acupuncture marketing 5 years ago

Great hub Ms.Traceye, Very Informative..

Patients choose acupuncture when all other conventional treatment methods have failed. And even doctors recommend acupuncture as a form of physical therapy.

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