Everyone goes through dark moods. But when that bad feeling doesn’t go away, sometimes it’s good to call in reinforcements! Depression is somewhat of a blanket term for a number of mental conditions that are also casually referred to as having the blues, feeling down, being out of it or in a sad mood. While some are merely passing and not chronic, others (such as bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder) require treatment to keep things under control.
There are a large number of causes for depression, including genetics, chemical imbalances, hormone issues and other medical conditions. Symptoms of depression include loss of interest or focus, fatigue, changes in eating habits and excessive sleeping, among many others.
A recent study in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry suggests that acupuncture, as a stand-alone therapy, may be quite effective for mild to moderate depression. This particular study was a compilation of several different studies looking at the effectiveness of acupuncture at relieving the symptoms of mild to moderate depression. These studies looked at many different kinds of acupuncture including traditional acupuncture with needles.
It also included a wide segment of the population from very young to very old. Putting all these studies together they found that acupuncture is at least as effective as antidepressant medications and when used in conjunction with antidepressants, acupuncture may also reduce many of the medication side effects.
Depression is an important mechanism the body/mind sets up to “prevent things from getting worse”.The function of this mechanism is to be respected, and we work with the appropriate point sites and energy systems to support the actual improvement of “things”, so the need for the depression in this sense goes away or is lessened.
The energy systems we work with include the Liver system, and many other point sites may be used to address what we find in each individual case – based on the history and complete exam, of pulses and tongue as well. Depression may be the result of a “dysregulation” of the seven emotions — joy, anger, worry, contemplation, grief, fear and shock. If acupuncture is able to reestablish a balance among these emotions, the symptoms of depression are relieved.
An initial and immediate sign of improvement is often sleeping improvements and the feeling of better and more “energy”. And that’s something to celebrate!
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