Depression is one of the most common mental health illnesses. It affects around one in every ten people at some point in life. For some people, there is a trigger, others may have a family history of depression, and in some cases, depression is brought on seemingly by no reason at all.
Costing the UK around £7.5 billion a year in medication, treatment and lost working days, people want to find an alternative solution. Many people are turning to holistic methods that are just as effective without the potential side effects that medication can bring. With extensive research, it is becoming more and more apparent that acupuncture can be just as effective at treating depression as anti-depressant medication. So, is acupuncture the solution to depression?
How does acupuncture help depression?
Acupuncture is designed to maintain the natural flow of energy throughout the body. Using ultra-fine needles, acupuncturists look for various points on the meridians within our body which channel the energy. If there is a blockage, the energy cannot run through the body smoothly leaving you feeling out of sorts, emotional and even depressed
With the body’s energy, there is an element of give and take. Blockages may make you feel sad or even angry, however, being angry a lot can also cause blockages to build-up. Achieving a harmonious energy flow is essential to your wellbeing.
As well as restoring the natural flow of energy that can help to improve your mood, acupuncture is also known to release endorphins and serotonin. These hormones are natural painkillers for the body, and by boosting these mood-enhancing hormones, you can promote a feeling of contentment and establish emotional wellbeing.
As well as boosting positive hormones, acupuncture can also stimulate areas of the brain that are known for reducing pain and stress by promoting relaxation. Prompting the relaxation is successful in deactivating the analytical area of the brain that is known for generating feelings of stress, anxiety, and worry. Removing these feelings can leave people with depression having the crippling side effects it has on them mentally massively reduced. This leaves room for physical activities to further assist in recovery without the need for medication to fix hormones and negative brain indications.
What does the research say?
While medication is often offered from those with depression, many are reluctant to introduce anti-depressant mediation due to the risk of side-effects. Side effects can include nausea, fatigue, weight gain, loss of sexual desire and insomnia. With this, there have been many studies comparing medication to alternative treatments, such as acupuncture.
One study was a comparison of treatment by an anti-depressant and that of acupuncture. The study found that after eight weeks both treatments had shown similarities in the levels of recovery, it was found that acupuncture has started working an average of two weeks earlier than the medication, and the effects lasted to around the three-month mark without the need for re-treatment.
Using acupuncture in Leamington to treat depression
While it is recommended that you follow the advice given to you by your doctor, acupuncture can be a treatment that can help you with your symptoms. After consulting your doctor, acupuncture may be an ideal therapy to help promote physical and emotional wellbeing to help enhance your mood. If you would like to know more about how acupuncture can help with depression, then get in touch with Emma at Natural Balance Acupuncture by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org