According to the British Acupuncture Council, ‘around two thirds of adults will experience depression at some point in their lives severe enough to interfere with normal activities’.
Depression is a very common mental health problem which affects people from all walks of life regardless of gender or age.
Acupuncture is believed to help depression by stimulating the nervous system which alters the brains’ mood chemistry, increasing the production of serotonin to promote a better mental and physical wellbeing.
By stimulating certain acupuncture points studies have shown that it can affect areas of the brain which can reduce stress and pain and well as promoting relaxation by deactivating the ‘analytical’ part of the brain, responsible for anxiety.
The British Acupuncture Council’s website shows supporting evidence for the benefits of acupuncture for individuals suffering from depression. According to a systematic review, drawing on both Chinese and Western data it was found that ‘acupuncture was similar in effectiveness to anti-depressant medication’. Acupuncture can also be combined safely with medication such as anti-depressants to help reduce the side effects and promote the beneficial effects.
Acupuncture That Works can offer a range of acupuncture treatments which could help if you are suffering from depression. For an initial consolation and to find out more please call us on 0800 051 76 88.
Disclaimer: At Acupuncture That Works we are conscious that there are lots of claims made about the results that people can get from using Acupuncture. To be clear, we aim to make no such claims ourselves. We will never claim that Acupuncture will work within a specified time nor that it will bring a specified result. We can say that is possible to deliver short term improvement and short term relief in certain circumstances. It is not and never will be, a miracle cure.