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Acupuncture for Depression

Depression is one of the most common complications that Americans are dealing with everyday. Almost 8 million people in America are afflicted with this one typical condition that often leads to suicides in the state. When depression is unbearable due to various contributing factors, people often take the help of drugs and tranquilizers to maintain their calmness. But often times when people fail to retain their sanity; they end up giving their lives.

Although depression is not insanity in the literal sense of the term, in some cases when the condition seems irretrievable, people do lose their state of mind and behave abnormally. While drugs like Zoflot, Elavil, Prozac, Lexapro and Celexa do help initially, but not in the long run.

One of the best remedies for depression is acupuncture.

Acupuncture is one of the most powerful treatments for anxiety and depression, according to traditional Chinese medicine. This method of healing has been developed over thousands of years in the Chinese medicine, and is known to be one of the best alternative solutions for relief.

The concept of acupuncture originates more than 2000 years ago in China. However, today it is being incorporated into the Western medicine as well, particularly for the treatment of pain, asthma, nausea and certain neurological and mental complications. While we still do not have the exact data about the mechanism of acupuncture in real life, but it has been associated with various conditions that includes the rise in the level of our neurobiological active elements like encephalin and endorphins. Some data also points out that acupuncture includes the production of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.

Acupuncture is not like the regular traditional Chinese medicine; it is rather an exercise the helps in treating the underlying cause of depression by neutralizing the internal imbalance caused due to over-exposure to various stressors. Such level of stress and overwhelming emotions leads to depression, and if left untreated, they can cause a mental blockage or certain changes on the neurotransmitters that can cause permanent damage. When the neurotransmitters are affected, there is a sudden decrease in the concentration of the levels of serotonin in the brain, thereby leading to various symptoms of depression, such as lack of sleep, anxiety, fatigue and depression.

Acupuncture, also known as “pain therapy” according to Chinese medicine is a very difficult procedure. The method is administered by experienced practitioners using fine needles placed neatly on the acupoints (specific positions on the body). The treatment primarily relied on the placing of these fine needles on the specific “acupoints” that have been created by ancient practitioners.

The significant points for acupuncture are usually found along the “chi” or line of energy from the vital organs running down the limbs and the back of our body.  According to traditional Chinese medicine, the basic idea is to allow the flow of chi by maintaining a proper balance between the yin and the yang.

Acupuncture primarily emphasizes on different pathways of energy, known as meridians, it is a common belief that blockages in these meridians are the cause of several disease, of which depression is also a part, studies have shown that men and women who have been experiencing chronic depression and have opted for acupuncture were actually relieved from their symptoms within a couple of days from treatment. The needles are inserted to unblock these meridians and bring relief. As the energy starts flowing normally, depression subsides and the person gets back to a normal course of life.

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