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Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mood disorders, affecting millions across the world each year. With so many people suffering, the need for effective treatments is a high priority. Many, however, are concerned that traditional medications do not work leaving individuals searching for better relief. 

Due to the demand for alternative treatment solutions, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) has grown in popularity in the last few years. CAM derives from ancient systems of healing found in China and India. The practice holistically focuses on health, restoring balance to the physical, emotional, and spiritual systems of the person. 

When it comes to the treatment of depression and anxiety, one common CAM practice has been shown to be beneficial. Acupuncture is recognized as an excellent option for those with depression and anxiety as it produces the necessary therapeutic effects naturally and with no side effects. 

Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique that is based on the idea that physical and mental ailments are the result of imbalances of energy in the body. This energy, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, is called Qi. When the body is functioning correctly, the Qi flows through certain channels of the body unhindered. If these channels become congested, this is when disorders and diseases occur. The goal of acupuncture is to unblock these channels to allow the Qi to flow freely and restore balance to mind and body. 

For the treatment of depression, acupuncture is beneficial because of its ability to regulate energy flow throughout the body. Acupuncture stimulates the production of endorphins which are essential for mental health and wellbeing. When using acupuncture in conjunction with talk therapy, many individuals find they don’t require prescription medication. This is most likely is due to the ability of acupuncture to produce those feel-good chemicals that are mood-lifting. 

With anxiety being one of the most common mental health conditions, having acupuncture as a viable treatment option is key for many individuals. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the symptoms of anxiety faster than therapy and patients have been able to cut back on their medications. Acupuncture treatments help to address rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, insomnia, headaches, and digestive issues which are all common with anxiety. Those who have experienced the healing benefits of acupuncture report feeling peaceful and calm. 

If you decide to give acupuncture a try, make sure to find an experienced, certified acupuncturist who knows specifically how to treat depression and anxiety.

Keep in mind that acupuncture is most effective for depression and anxiety over the course of several weeks of treatment. Make sure to ask your provider about how many sessions they recommend for optimal healing.

About the Author

kim sandberg integrative health san diego
Kim Sandberg is the owner and founder of Aloha Integrative Health and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She has two advanced degrees: a Masters of Science in Nursing as a Nurse Anesthetist and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. She has worked in a variety of settings, though the biggest impact on Kim and her work came from her 28 years of service in the Navy Reserve.

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