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Can acupuncture treat depression?

Updated: Aug 28, 2018

1 in 10 Canadians will experience depression in their lifetime. It is more likely to affect women and it can be hereditary. It is among the leading causes of disabilities worldwide. There are different types of depression such as Major Depressive Disorder, Seasonal Depression, Postpartum Depression and Bereavement. They are all different but they do have one thing in common, individuals experiencing this condition will all feel emotional and physical pain intermixed with feelings of distress.

Depression is not something we should take lightly. It is a medical condition with many emotional, physical, behavioural and cognitive symptoms. Many people are ashamed of it or are afraid to ask for help and others think they can just pass it off; but in fact everyone suffering from depression does need help. Whether it’s going to see your family doctor or going to see a psychologist, always keep in mind there are alternative options available such as acupuncture.

Many people these days are seeking alternatives for all of their medications such as painkillers or antidepressants. There have been a multitude of studies that suggests that acupuncture could be a promising alternative option. Not only can acupuncture be as effective as painkillers and antidepressants, it can also help with the medications side effects. As practitioners, we would insert fine needles into the skin at specific points throughout the body. These points correspond with specific organs and areas, and stimulating them would ultimately help correct any imbalances someone is experiencing. In a traditional Chinese medicine stand point, the needles that are being placed would help break any blockages of energy that would be causing this condition and its symptoms. Thus over the course of a few treatments, the individuals would feel a noticeable improvement, as there would be fewer energy blocks in the body causing this imbalance.

Whether it was caused by a difficult life event, genetics, an imbalance of hormones or a traumatic event; it is still depression and you need to seek help. If you or someone you know is looking for an alternative method of treating depression or are looking to suppress the side effects of the medications, acupuncture can help greatly and I strongly urge that you give it a try. Give me a call at (506) 608-9978 to book an appointment.

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