Many individuals experiencing depression cannot tolerate the side effects of antidepressant medications and seek alternative management therapies. Complementary and alternative modalities such as stress management, diet therapy, homeopathy, and acupuncture may be helpful for people suffering from depression. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture treat depression by addressing specific depression symptoms that are unique to the individual using a variety of techniques such as Chinese herbal medicine, energetic exercises and tui na massage.
Major depression affects more than 11 million people annually in the United States. Extremely common, depression is among the ten more frequently reported medical conditions. Allopathic medicine treats depression with psychotherapy or antidepressive drugs. As an adjunct or stand-alone therapy, acupuncture treats depression.
For those with a medical illness complicated by reactive depression such as chronic pain, chronic fatigue, arthritis, cancer, anemia, and endocrine abnormalities, acupuncture treats depression by alleviating physical symptoms occurring in conjunction with depression. Acupuncture treats depression by increasing cerebral serotonin, which has anti-depressant analgesic effects. Insomnia, fatigue and other symptoms of depression can be minimized with acupuncture therapy.
In conjunction with Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture treats depression by correcting the internal imbalance or root origin of the disease. If you are taking antidepressants, your acupuncture physician can prescribe Chinese herbs that work synergistically with your medications to treat symptoms.
Acupuncture treats depression by elevating mood. After one to two months of weekly therapy, individuals typically experience reduced depression symptoms. The World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged acupuncture treats depression effectively. While acupuncture treats depression by resolving symptoms, in order to sustain results, your acupuncture physician may recommend diet and lifestyle modifications.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Masters of Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs prepare graduates for careers as acupuncture physicians and massage therapists. For program information call Joe Calareso at (305) 595-9500. For acupuncture treatment, request Dr. Richard Browne.