Acupuncture for Anxiety and Depression
More and more people are turning to Acupuncture in North America for various reasons including anxiety and depression. In fact, people all over the world have been using it for over 3000 years for many health reasons.
Acupuncture has a long list of benefits that can help, treat, and even prevent some health conditions. Several studies even suggest that it can be as effective as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, with no side effects.
Why do we feel stressed?
Stress will trigger the body to produce hormones such as cortisol and norepinephrine. These stress hormones boost our anxiety and can cause physical symptoms including an increased heart rate, tense muscles and can also change the way our digestive system behaves.
Acupuncture can help with all of these things.
But how does acupuncture work?
In a nutshell, traditional Chinese acupuncture regulates our body’s flow of energy or “Qi”.
In Chinese medicine when someone is injured, sick, stressed, or excited their “Qi” is altered which can ultimately lead to dysfunction. Acupuncture helps to restore our body’s proper flow and balance of Qi so that we can have the best possible health.
Furthermore, the insertion of needles has a direct effect on the body’s nervous system, which can help reduce pain.
How can acupuncture help anxiety and depression?
Anxiety and depression are the two most common mental disorders in the world. Acupuncture is used to help control and reduce anxiety and even depression.
When a person’s Qi is disrupted, anxiety and depression-like symptoms could follow. By naturally regulating the body’s energy and, therefore, it’s chemical balance a more stable, healthier emotional state can be achieved.
What the research says about acupuncture
In 2009, the Journal of Integrative Psychiatry published an article on the Role of Acupuncture in the treatment of depression.
They said that, from a Western Medicine perspective, that although the exact mechanism of action of acupuncture is unknown, it’s use is associated with an increase in the level of neurobiologically active substances, such as endorphins and enkephalins.
They also showed data indicating that acupuncture induces the release of norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine, all neurotransmitters essential for a balanced mood.
So, to summarise, acupuncture can efficiently be used to help treat anxiety and depression.