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ACUPUNCTURE FOR DEPRESSION


Acupuncture is the ideal drug free treatment for depression.

Depression is a loaded word in our culture. Many associate it, however wrongly, with a sign of weakness and excessive emotion. This is especially true with men. Depressed men are less likely than women to acknowledge feeling of self-loathing and hopelessness. Instead, they tend to complain about fatigue, irritability, sleep problems and loss of interest in work and hobbies. Other signs and symptoms of depression in men include anger, aggression, violence, reckless behaviour and substance abuse. Even though depression rates for women are twice as high as those in men, men are a higher suicide risk.

Treating Depression

Acupuncture is extremely effective in treating all levels of depression. Many patients come for treatment and say that they have been told that they are depressed. The cause is always unique to that person's experience. It can manifest in many different forms such as a sense of hopelessness and helplessness, anxiety, palpitations, isolation from the world and from our loved ones as well as a sense of being detached from the world and difficulty in sleeping.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Depression

  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness - a bleak outlook, that nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
  • Loss of interest in daily activities. No interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities or sex. You have lost the ability to feel joy or pleasure.
  • Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain (a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month).
  • Sleep Changes: either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping.
  • Anger or Irritability - feeling agitated, restless or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.
  • Loss of energy - feeling fatigued, sluggish and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.
  • Self- loathing - strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticise yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.
  • Reckless Behaviour - you engage in escapist behaviour such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving.
  • Concentration problems- trouble focusing, making decisions or remembering things.

ALL of these symptoms can be alleviated with 5 Element Acupuncture.

Research:

Benefit from whole body acupuncture in major depression” published in J Affect Disord. 2000 Jan-Mar;57(1-3):73-81

Clinical Trial by MacPherson et al entitled “Acupuncture for depression: first steps toward a clinical evaluation” published in J Altern Complement Med. 2004 Dec;10(6):1083-91

Study by Han, Li and Luo in Chinese entitled “Comparative study of electro-acupuncture and maprotiline in treating depression” published in Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi 2002 Jul;22(7):512-4, 521

Study by Han, Li, Luo and Zhao entitled “Clinical study on electro-acupuncture treatment for 30 cases of mental depression” published in J Tradit Chin Med 2004 Sep;24(3):172-6

Research on the therapeutic effect of the electro-acupuncture treatment in patients with depression” published in Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 1998 Dec;52, Suppl:S338-40

Three year study of three case histories by Kurland entitled “ECT and Acu-EST in the treatment of depression” published in Am J Chin Med 1976, Autumn;4(3):289-92

A study on the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment on 167 patients with depression associated with manic-depressive psychosis and schizophrenia by Poliakov in Russian entitled “Acupuncture in the treatment of patients with endogenous depression” published in Zh Nevropatol Psikhiatr Im S S Korsakova.
1987;87(4):604-8

A study by Manber et al entitled “Acupuncture: a promising treatment for depression during pregnancy” published in J Affect Disord. 2004 Nov 15;83(1):89-95

A placebo-controlled, randomized, modified double-blind study on 43 patients with Eich et al in German entitled “Acupuncture in patients with minor depressive episodes and generalized anxiety. Results of an experimental study” published in Fortschr Neurol Psychiatr 2000 Mar;68(3):137-44

 
Relevant Articles:

Men’s Health Magazine – Acupuncture for Anxiety & Depression

 
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