Depression can be debilitating for those who experience
it. Prolonged feelings of sadness, discouragement and
hopelessness greatly affect the quality of life.
one time or another, most of us have experienced some
form of depression. It's a healthy response to events in
our lives that seem overwhelming. When we are balanced,
physically and emotionally, we can easily bounce back
from a depressed state and move on with our lives. But
when negative feelings and emotions become persistent
and consistent, depression may set in.
Today, more than 28 million Americans are taking
antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs.
(1) In 1998,
doctors wrote more than 130 million prescriptions for
antidepressants. According to the Physicians' Desk
Reference the top antidepressant drugs only address
signs and symptoms associated with depression, and may
cause a variety of side effects including insomnia,
anxiety, listlessness, fatigue, body rash, tremors,
facial tics, diarrhea, loss of appetite and sexual
How can Acupuncture
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine incorporate thousands
of years of experience in treating depression. Not only
can they help to alleviate the signs and symptoms
accompanying depression, they can address the root
causes and underlying imbalances that have contributed
to the problem, safely and naturally.
Acupuncturists are aware of the powerful interplay
between our body and emotions - the two are inseparable.
When we experience emotional upset, our internal
environment becomes disrupted. Likewise, when we
experience physical problems, our emotions can become
time, this disruption leads to what an Acupuncturist
calls "stagnant or depressed Qi." This diagnosis is
unique to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Eventually
it can cause a disharmony within our body, affecting our
physical and emotional well-being. If not properly
treated, this imbalance may lead to depression.
What will an Acupuncturist
A acupuncturist and doctor
of oriental medicine such as Kimberly Nguyen will take a complete
health history in order to find out where, why, and how Qi has stagnated or depressed. She will develop a unique
treatment plan tailored to specific symptoms and signs
of each individual. The goals of such a plan will
be to activate the movement of Qi throughout the entire
body, as well as to address the root causes and
underlying imbalances. By treating the body as a whole
and unique organism, Acupuncture care can support
recovery from illness and disease toward health and
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine provide safe, natural,
drug-free and effective ways to address depression. The
focus is to restore a balanced and continuous flow of Qi
throughout the body and mind.
Acupuncture is not a magic
bullet. You may need to receive weeks or months of
treatment in order to see lasting results. Give
yourself the time required so that you can
experience the maximum benefits Acupuncture and
Chinese Medicine have to offer.
Surround yourself with people
whom you trust to provide objective and unbiased
input and insight. Develop a support group of
friends, loved ones, family and co-workers who can
lend an ear and listen to you.
Breathe, go slow and think
things through. Don't make too many life changes all
at once. A few at a time will support you and not
overwhelm your emotions.
Try to get at least 20 minutes
of simple exercise at least 3 days per week, if not
more. Take a daily walk, breathe deeply, smile and
let it all go.
Remember, you are not alone.
Others are having similar experiences.
Acupuncture Today; December 2001