Clinical depression is not something you feel for a day or two before
feeling better. In true depressive illnesses, the symptoms last weeks,
months, or sometimes years if you don't seek treatment. If you are
depressed, you are often unable to perform daily activities. You may not
care enough to get out of bed or get dressed, much less work, do errands,
Adults: You may be said to be suffering from a major depressive episode if
you have a depressed mood for at least two weeks and have at least five of
the following clinical symptoms:
Feeling sad or blue
Loss of interest or pleasure
in usual activities
Significant increase or
decrease in appetite
Significant weight loss or
Change in sleep pattern:
inability to sleep or excessive sleeping
Agitation or irritability
Fatigue or loss of energy
A tendency to isolate from
friends and family
Feelings of worthlessness or
Thoughts of death or suicide
Acupuncture for Depression Treatment
Acupuncture is a centuries (if not millennia) old practice of Oriental
medicine. It is truly an art form and an incredible way to heal just about
everything that ails you. There is research going on into the
effectiveness of acupuncture on depressed patients as a way to augment or
replace chemical therapies.
As with other types of acupuncture treatments, acupuncture depression
treatment rebalances the life forces in the body using ancient Oriental
medical techniques. These types of therapies have been employed in eastern
medicine for many, many years so it is a wonder they took so long to find
their way to the west.
Acupuncture depression treatment addresses the many problems that come
along with depression and works to eliminate the symptoms of depression as
well as the illness itself. Many depressed people suffer from chronic
pain, fatigue, insomnia, mood disorders and emotional upheaval;
acupuncture depression treatment treats all of these problems at the same
time as treating the overall depression.
Understanding Acupuncture Depression Treatment
The treatment works because it releases endorphins in to the central
nervous system which are ‘feel good’ hormones which increase energy and
rebalance the emotional imbalances that lead to mental imbalances which
result in depression. It kick starts the process of realigning the mental
processes and begins a positive cycle to combat the negative, depressive
Initially, acupuncture depression treatment is not enough to treat
depression on its own, it is a catalyst. It helps other treatments take
hold easily and work better on the depression. Eventually, you are able to
decrease any medication or other therapy and use acupuncture as your
primary depression treatment.
How That Works
The premise on which acupuncture and depression treatment works is to
bring about a balance in energy flow with no disruptions or blockages and
to bring about a harmonious relationship between the mind, body,
intellect, and environment.
Depression, according to Oriental Medicine and acupuncture, is a
representation of blocked energy or imbalance between the yin and yang
poles of energy. This is something which is made used of in acupuncture
and depression treatment.
Imbalance in the yin and yang energy can manifest in different forms and
by examining the physical body, posture, gait, texture of the skin,
vision, voice, tongue, pulse etc., an astute and well-experienced
acupuncturist will be able to make an accurate assessment of the problem
and extent of depression.
Energy that is blocked at a particular point will result in depriving a
certain organ or channel of energy thereby starving it of the vital force.
By releasing energy that is blocked, these organs or channels will be
flush with fresh energy and will no longer be deficient of energy.
Patients often describe the acupuncture and depression treatment
experience as coming out of deep meditation. The precise acupuncture
treatment for depression could include a history and physical examination,
followed by vital statistics, and acupuncture treatment. Patient is
generally requested to lie on his or her stomach followed by a brief
acupuncture session to key points on the back.
Acupuncture and depression treatment involves releasing the blocked
energies that are stagnating at certain points and depriving other
channels and organs from the free flowing life force. Balancing the energy
and brining about harmony within the body by accessing the energy channels
with the help of needles is the treatment modality employed by acupuncture
in treating depression. If you have any symptoms of Depression, Please
Contact Us. We can help you determine the best course of acupuncture
and moxa treatment.