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Can acupuncture help depression and anxiety?

Teresa Green (Ashland, VA) on Sep 5, 2012
1 user found this answer helpful
Acupuncture can be an excellent part of treatment for depression and anxiety. Usually depression responds more quickly than anxiety, and both need regular visits-as often as twice per week to treat anxiety. I often recommend ear acupuncture for either condition. Ear acupuncture sessions take just 20-30 minutes and are less expensive than normal sessions. With any emotional issue, I always recommend patients seek some form of counseling, whether from a psychologist, minister, or life coach. I also recommend keeping a food journal, as sensitivities to food often worsen symptoms. Sometimes depression and anxiety can be improved by practicing some form of exercise or meditation. Depression and anxiety are usually helped by acupuncture, but often adding other therapies or treatments is necessary for a full treatment.
Portia Zheng (Sunnyvale, CA) on Oct 2, 2012
Yes! You can try one time then you know my acupunture is effective!! Portia
Christopher Serrell (Westminster, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture can most definitely assist with depression and anxiety! Make an appointment today!
Katalin Csoka (Mission Viejo, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
Yes!
Mary Maurer (Cave Creek, AZ) on Sep 29, 2012
Acupuncture & Asian Medicine are extremely beneficial in the control of mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Depression relates to a few organ imbalances as does anxiety but they do tend to piggy back each other. So an Acupuncturist job is to find out what the underlying deficiency is regarding the organ system. Most likely it will be related to the energetics of the Heart, Spleen, Liver, and Kidneys. Then depending on how long one has had the condition and if it is related to past or present trauma, with emotional or sexual abuse. All of these questions come into play when we are compiling the results for our TCM Differential Diagnosis and treatment plan.
Annie Porter (Scottsdale, AZ) on Sep 5, 2012
Depression comes in many forms of course and some more serious than others but Americans often suffer from mild depression that can range from just feeling 'stuck' emotionally or anxious to irritability to bouts of rage. In Chinese Medicine, the energy of the liver is addressed. Diseases of all kinds begin with emotions and especially repressed emotions. This causes the 'qi' or energy of the liver to not flow freely. We can feel heavy, apathetic, numb or just aimless with no joy. This stuck energy, over time, can build up excess heat (inflammation) in the body contributing to anxiety in the heart, restlessness, irritability and propensity for outbursts of anger. The focus then is on restoring the flow of energy to soothe the qi and calm the spirit and to clear the heat to cool the repressed anger.
Annie Porter (Scottsdale, AZ) on Sep 5, 2012
Depression comes in many forms of course and some more serious than others but Americans often suffer from mild depression that can range from just feeling 'stuck' emotionally or anxious to irritability to bouts of rage. In Chinese Medicine, the energy of the liver is addressed. Diseases of all kinds begin with emotions and especially repressed emotions. This causes the 'qi' or energy of the liver to not flow freely. We can feel heavy, apathetic, numb or just aimless with no joy. This stuck energy, over time, can build up excess heat (inflammation) in the body contributing to anxiety in the heart, restlessness, irritability and propensity for outbursts of anger. The focus then is on restoring the flow of energy to soothe the qi and calm the spirit and to clear the heat to cool the repressed anger.
Maria Baraybar Lee (Denver, CO) on Oct 15, 2012
Yes Acupuncture is great for anxiety and depression. If you don't like needles we can treat those with chinese herbs and ear seeds we place in your ears to put some pressure in specific points. Thanks Dr Maria Baraybar Lee
Jason Bussell (Wilmette, IL) on Jan 6, 2013
The most common side effect of acupuncture is a lingering sense of calm and well being. So, regardless of what we are treating, depression and anxiety improve. But the effect is even greater when we are focusing on treating that problem. Many studies have shown acupuncture's effectiveness in this area. It is certainly a safer option that pharmaceuticals (which have side effects and can take months to come off from).
Tom Elman (Saint Petersburg, FL) on Sep 5, 2012
Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Xanax - these names have become familiar to most of us. Why? Because depression and anxiety have become so prevalent in our society. We are constantly pressured to do more and get more done, while struggling with the pressures of our personal and professional lives, the economy, and national and world events. Sometimes, depression or anxiety is an appropriate response to a situation. For example, you SHOULD feel sad if your pet dies; you SHOULD feel anxious if you're in a convenience store that's being robbed. But when our feelings overwhelm us, interfere with our day-to-day activities, or simply hang on too long, it's time to ask for help. But why are there so many different drugs, and why don't they all work for everyone? Perhaps you know someone who has taken an antidepressant, and has had to change prescriptions one or more times to find something that worked. Perhaps you've experienced this yourself. Why is that? Western Medicine looks at depression as a disease, and tries to treat it with a pill. But even Western Medicine acknowledges that there may be a variety of biological and chemical factors that contribute to depression. So, how can one pill be right for everyone? And how do you prescribe accurately if you haven't determined which factors are out of balance? This is really the key question. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), on the other hand, views depression and anxiety as symptoms, rather than as diseases. Think about that. TCM begins with the idea that there are many factors that may contribute to your emotional state. Determining which factors are out of balance will lead us to a correct diagnosis of the underlying problem. Once the underlying problem is identified, it can be treated, leading to a cessation of the symptoms: in this case, depression or anxiety. For example, according to TCM theory, what we call depression may be caused by liver qi stagnation, spleen qi and heart blood deficiency, lung qi deficiency, hart q deficiency, heart and lung yin deficiency, or a combination of any of these. Similarly, anxiety has a variety of root causes. By reviewing your medical history, examining you, and listening to your description of your symptoms, your acupuncture physician can differentiate which of these patterns is leading to your feelings of depression, sadness, or grief. This is how we arrive at a''differential diagnosis." That diagnosis will allow your acupuncture physician to determine a treatment plan that is tailored specifically to you and your patterns. The person with lung qi deficiency will not receive the same herbal and acupuncture treatment as the person with a apleen qi and heart blood deficiency. Since the practitioner tailors the treatment to the individual patient and treats the root cause of the symptoms, the treatments tend to be much more effective than a ''one size fits all" approach. And to top it all off, while herbs and acupuncture can be very powerful, they are much less likely to cause unpleasant side effects than most conventional Western antidepressants. When depression becomes so severe that it interferes with your daily life, some form of counseling may also be very helpful for many people. Whether this takes the form of talking with friends, pastoral counseling, or psychotherapy, talking about your feelings may really help you resolve them. But before jumping into prescription drugs, consider the alternative of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
David Chiu (New York, NY) on Sep 5, 2012
Yes. Acupuncture can help with anxiety and depression, but don't expect it to be a cure. Acupuncture will help you deal with your attacks, but you may have to do other things besides acupuncture. Hope this helps and good luck.
Robert Palermo (Denver, CO) on Sep 5, 2012
Yes, acupuncture, along with the use of herbs, can be very successful in treating both anxiety and depression.
White-Eagle Perry (Arvada, CO) on Sep 5, 2012
Acupuncture can help with depression and anxiety. However, for best results, you need to combine it with herbs, meditation, and some coaching in coping with life issues.
Carlos Chapa (Mesquite, TX) on Jan 7, 2013
Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine can help with depression and anxiety. The REAL question is WHY does the patient have these symptoms? We do NOT simply focus on the symptoms. Your practitioner will want to treat the root cause. This can be a vitamin deficiency, a weak organ or nerve damage. Are you familiar with Serotonin? Many people know that this chemical is linked to depression (having too little), however this is produced in the GUT! In other words, many patients have their symptoms reduced significantly by helping the stomach / g.i. issues! Other patients have low vit b3 and with vitamins they feel amazing! Eastern Medicine has treated billions of patients for thousands of years. Pharmacological drugs are not the only option. Side effects, dependency and not treating the ROOT cause and only the symptoms is not the way to cure these problems. Don't be surprised if your Doctor brings up your diet and will probably recommend some diet changes. Make sure you go to a Licensed Acupuncturist (not certified) that has graduated from at least a Masters Degree program. Every state is different and some require little to no exams or training.
Quli Zhou (San Jose, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
I have treated numerous patients who suffered from depression and anxiety. First of all, acupuncture helps patients relax and feel calm after the sessions by stimulating endorphin production. They usually have less fear and anxiety after treatments. Second, acupuncture helps balance the organs' function, mainly between the heart and kidney (or between fire and water, in five element theory). If the treatment is combined with herbs, it works even better.
Shohreh Younessian Pedouim (Los Angeles, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
If acupuncture is not good for anything it is for sure helps the viscious cycle of stress, depression and anxiety. but you have to do your share along with your acupuncturist. Some times you have to slow down (life style), you have to let go, you have to change your view, you have to think positive . People are different in terms of the cause , the root of depression and anxiety can be 180 degree different from one person to another one. people with soft hearts submissive attitude , subordinate soul to people who have control (freak) issue these days are suffering from depression and anxiety. I have to get to know you , I have to reduce your excess and tonify (strengthen) your deficiencies.