Do you find yourself in a depressed mood almost every day, finding no pleasure in things that used to bring you joy? Perhaps this is accompanied by weight gain, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, inability to concentrate. You may even feel guilty for feeling so down all the time, but can find no way to change this feeling. When patients come into our clinic, we consider number of solutions because acupuncture can often help alleviate depression and the underlying causes. The results can be dramatic because acupuncture Tendonitis treats the patient on a multiple levels – mind, body, and spirit.
If you have been diagnosed with depression, you have most likely been prescribed an antidepressant drug to cover up the symptoms. This may allow you to get on with life, but it does not address the conditions in your body which may be causing the depressed feelings in the first place. And pharmaceuticals come with side effects.
Your first appointment for acupuncture can take up to two hours. Most of this time will be spent finding out about all aspects of your health. All of this information helps to paint the complete picture and get to the root cause of your feelings of depression. It may be caused by a single underlying issue or several. Your feelings of depression may have begun with an emotional event such as a death in the family, or it may have come on gradually. Acupuncture diagnosis helps to unravel the emotional and physical basis for depression.
When a diagnosis has been determined, the acupuncture points are selected for their specific properties for addressing the underlying issues and the immediate symptoms of depression.
Hair-thin needles are inserted in the selected points. Unlike the hypodermic needles we all dislike so much; acupuncture needles are not hollow and are so thin that several acupuncture needles can be inserted into the bore of a hypodermic needle. (These needles have no medication of any sort on them and are used only once and then discarded.) Many people report that they don’t even feel the needles being inserted, while others may feel a slight pinch. Any initial feeling of the insertion quickly passes and most people just feel very relaxed, often falling asleep during the treatment. Needles are generally left in place for 15 to 45 min. depending on the particular situation.
When the condition being treated has developed into a longstanding condition, it will take several sessions to fully address the issues. It is often best to have at least two or three treatments in the first week in order to help move the body to a healthier state. Depending on your individual results at that point, a treatment schedule will be discussed. The idea is to help your body come to a place where it maintains a depression-free pattern for itself. Then acupuncture treatments can be scheduled as you determine they are needed to keep you where you want to be.
If you are tired of using pharmaceuticals that only mask symptoms of depression…if you want to take steps toward regaining your strong, healthy attitude toward life, you may find that acupuncture that has dealt with emotional disturbances for thousands of years is just what you are looking for.