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Acupuncture for Anxiety and Depression

by | Feb 23, 2020 | Acupuncture, Health

How Acupuncture helps with Anxiety and Depression

More people are admitting to experiencing depression and anxiety. These conditions can negatively impact your life. There are multiple treatment options to choose from to manage these conditions.We will explain the conditions to help you understand them and make informed decisions for your treatment.


What is Depression?

Depression is not simply feeling down on a bad day. It’s when your sadness lasts for so long that it interferes with your daily life. Symptoms include constant sadness, irritability, restlessness,and sleeping too much.


What is Anxiety?

The condition is marked by the constant feeling of worry and fear. The inability to manage these feelings may prevent you from going about your daily life.

Both depression and anxiety can become lifelong conditions that decrease your quality of life. Others suffering from these conditions take antidepressants to help them manage.

But are those pills the best treatment?

Taking medication might seem like a good idea, but many antidepressants alter your brain chemistry. The change in your brain chemistry may cause a long list of side effects such as headache, nausea, diarrhea, weight gain, dizziness, insomnia, agitation, tremors, and sexual dysfunction.

Trying a holistic approach for treatment may offer lasting relief without the side effects.


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a Chinese medicine-based approach.It uses tiny needles to create minuscule injuries stimulating the body into strengthening the immune system, improving circulation, and pain modulation to combat the tiny injuries.

Acupuncture for depression treatment has the body generate endorphins to counter the minuscule injuries. Endorphins are neuro chemicals that act as natural pain killers that reduce your pain and blood pressure.

Acupuncture for anxiety management also works because the endorphins produced by the treatment have a calming effect.The needles cause no discomfort to the patient while they release the body’s endorphins.


Are there other options?

Another option to try is Electro-acupuncture. The treatment uses two needles that let mild electric currents move through your body. The current stimulates your acupoints more than traditional handheld techniques. Its effects may offer you even greater relief.The treatment may help you manage the following conditions:

  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea
  • Arthritis
  • Stress
  • Addiction
  • Tinnitus

Taking antidepressants can cause you to experience many unwanted side effects. Natural treatments like acupuncture can offer you relief without the side effects.


Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is a traditional form of treatment that uses herbs to treat various conditions. Conditions such as migraines, digestive conditions, menstrual cramps, depression, and anxiety can all be treated with the right herbs.

Acupuncture,in combination with Chinese herbal medicine,can increase the effectiveness of both treatments. The needles of acupuncture can help open the body into receiving more nutrients from the herbs.

Drinking the herbs as tea is the best way of gaining nutrients.The tea is made by boiling water with fresh or dried herbs and steeping them to get the nutrients. Not all herbal products labeled natural are beneficial to your body. Some products are riddled with pesticides, toxic chemicals, and heavy metals.

It is important to get herbs and treatment from an experienced and licensed professional like Dr. Cook to ensure you get the best treatment possible.

Contact Dr. Carolyn Cook for the best acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment. She has a master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine, acupuncture physician state of Florida, a diplomat in acupuncture NCCAOM, a diplomat in Canonical Chinese medicine,and a licensed massage therapist. With over 20 years of experience, you can be sure you’re in good hands with Dr. Cook.


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