Depression

Depression Treatment with Acupuncture

Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of depression. A healthy, balanced body is reflected in balanced emotions, in the same way, an emotional condition that is excessive or prolonged can become the cause of physiological imbalance.

Depression is a mood disorder characterized by both physical and psychological symptoms. Most people experience occasional feelings of sadness or low mood and these feelings usually pass away after a short period of time. Depression is when these feelings persist and do not go away or they reoccur and begin to have an affect on your daily life.

Symptoms of depression can have an affect on home, family and work life and often results in reduced contact with friends and fewer social activities.

Symptoms of depression

Symptoms of depression are likely to be caused by a combination of different factors psychological, genetic, biological and environmental. Some people are more prone to depression than others. Life changes and stressful events such as bereavement, illness, relationships, work and financial difficulties can all trigger symptoms of depression. Chronic or reoccurring low mood or sadness

  • Low self esteem
  • Despondent and a lack of interest and enjoyment in life
  • Grief and sadness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Feelings of hopelessness and despair
  • Irritability and intolerance
  • Anxiety and worry
  • Menstrual cycle changes
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Low libido
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Change in appetite and weight
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • unexplained aches and pains
  • The most effective course of acupuncture treatment is selected by identifying the precise nature of the underlying disharmony which is unique to each individual. Diagnosis is based on a holistic view of the relationship between the way the body works and how this affects emotions as working together in symbiosis.

    Acupuncture treatment helps you to feel better, more relaxed, more balanced and able to rise to the challenges that life presents. This allows us to see our life situation more clearly which in turn, influences the way we react or respond to situations and also supports the development of a new perspective

    Anti depressive medication

    Acupuncture can be safely combined and works well with conventional medical treatments such as anti-depressants, both, helping to reduce side effects and enhance beneficial effects.

    Acupuncture treatment can also help to reduce the 'addictive quality' of conventional anti depressant medication, allowing a lower usage to produce the same positive results.

    Acupuncture positively affects the homeostatic balance within the brain. Studies have shown that stimulation of specific acupuncture points, affects the Limbic system and the Autonomic Nervous system.

    Within our brain we have a delicate homeostatic balance, a system which constantly monitors the chemical levels (hormones) in the blood stream of the body. In a healthy balanced body as soon as equilibrium is disturbed and detected, the message is sent out to either increase production or cease production of what ever is needed. If, however there is a problem in producing a certain chemical or family of chemicals, consequently, this can produce an effect both physically and mentally. In the case of depression it can be that there is not an adequate production of serotonin, the happy molecule. If the body cannot produce adequate serotonin then the person may begin to feel down or depressed. The consequences of this mechanism can be a downward spiral, which feeds off itself generating a deeply rooted problem both mentally, emotionally and physically.

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