Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and a study conducted by The University of York in the UK have suggested that anti-depression medication may work better in patients who are also undergoing acupuncture treatments for their depression.

In the University of York study, researchers evaluated 755 random patients undergoing treatment for depression. The patients either took just antidepressants or were give a combination of antidepressants with either acupuncture or counseling.

After the 12 week session, they reported that the biggest reduction in depression symptoms occurred in the groups receiving acupuncture treatments or counseling sessions on top of normal medication treatments. They determined that medication alone may not be the best treatment for individuals suffering from depression.

Acupuncture, when combined with medication, can help bring relief to patients suffer from depression.

Acupuncture has also proven useful for other related conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, and even bipolar disorder. The treatment will work best if begun at the early stages of diagnosis.

Acupuncture therapy, which consists of inserting fine needles at specific trigger points on the body, helps to open blocked pathways and restore the proper flow of energy. Acupuncture is usually combined with other holistic health practices and works best when the body is in harmony with a solid exercise routine and good nutrition.

Using acupuncture for depression can restore the balance of your body’s energy and help you feel more at ease.  

If you are dealing with depression, anxiety, or other disorders that affect your mood and make it difficult to function every day, consider some additional treatments along with those prescribed by conventional medicine, including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Cardiovascular activity
  • Counseling
  • A healthy diet

Always discuss new treatment programs with your healthcare professional before beginning. However, taking a holistic approach to regaining control over your depression or anxiety can help you rebalance your life. Your experience and quality of life are essential so seeking the best treatment solution is important.

Have you considered acupuncture or other alternative therapies to help with depression?

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