Did you know that depression is commonly treated using acupuncture? Did you know there are points on the limbs, head, ears and back that specifically treat emotions?
When someone comes in with a main complaint of depression, it is important for the acupuncturist to understand how depression manifests for the individual. Since every person is different, YOUR experience will likely be different from someone else’s. This is where acupuncture can be extremely helpful. We can custom tailor the treatment to YOU! Are your symptoms primarily emotional or do you also get pain, ten-sion, insomnia, digestive upset? Are your emotional tendencies towards sadness, grief, weeping, anger, fear, all of the above? How long have you been depressed? What, if anything, caused your depression? Getting to understand YOUR individual struggle can better help us select your Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pattern diagnosis and together we can put together a plan to get you on track to living more fully.
From a TCM perspective, there are a handful of patterns that can lead to depression. Treating the suspected pattern will, in time, bring your body back into proper balance and emotional stability. Acupuncture can help people reduce their dependency on medications and also help combat the negative side effects that medication can potentially bring on.
Acupuncture combined with other complementary therapies can be a great option for those who want to explore the more natural approach to the treatment of depression. It can also be a wonderful adjunct to standard care. To find out how acupuncture can help you on your journey, contact us.
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