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Doctor insights on: Acupuncture For Depression

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What is known about acupuncture's value in depression?

What is known about acupuncture's value in depression?

Mixed opinions: The world health organization has regarded acupuncture as a useful treatment for depression, and several studies show this also. However, the cochrane review of this topic (http://www.Thecochranelibrary.Com/userfiles/ccoch/file/acupuncture_ancient_traditions/cd004046.Pdf) did not support that point of view. A tcm practitioner sees depression very differently from cochrane reviews, anyway. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Can acupuncture help with depression, weight loss and other things tell me about acupuncture?

Can acupuncture help with depression, weight loss and other things tell me about acupuncture?

It can help some: But not all. It is not covered by insurance. But when it works it is very effective treatment. It is sticking very fine needles that you can hardly feel into parts of the body that affect other parts of your body to make it feel better to put it simply. They stay there for a while then they are taken out. ...Read more

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Could drinking chamomile tea help you more then acupuncture with your anxiety & depression?

Could drinking chamomile tea help you more then acupuncture with your anxiety & depression?

I find chamomile: Can help one to relax, fall asleep ; diminish anxiety. However, I have a number of psychiatric patients who use acupuncture instead of psychiatric medications with good results. Many mix acupuncture, medicine and some form of talking treatment. Acupuncture is good with depression but can be excellent when used as an adjunct for anxiety treatment. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture or hypnosis relieve for depression symptoms?

Can acupuncture or hypnosis relieve for depression symptoms?

Possibly: Published data do suggest that acupuncture -- including manual-, electrical-, and laser-based -- helps with depression on its own, and is well tolerated. It may also help with some of the side effects caused by antidepressants. More study of using it to augment antidepressant treatment is needed. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22762294 cognitive hypnotherapy may help depression. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture heal moderate to severe depression?

Can acupuncture heal moderate to severe depression?

Acupuncture for Depr: There are no documented Clinical Research studies showing effectiveness of Acupuncture heal moderate to severe depression. Severe depression may require Inpatient psychiatric Treatment with Anti-depressant Medication Moderate Depression requires Anti-depressant Medication and intensive Therapy. ...Read more

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Doing acupuncture for the 1st time within the next 3 weeks to help my depression problem. Is it a long term effective treatment for depression?

Doing acupuncture for the 1st time within the next 3 weeks to help my depression problem. Is it a long term effective treatment for depression?

Not complete: Acupuncture may help with some of the symptoms of depression and can be a part of a comprehensive treatment plan. The good thing about it is that there are no side effects. As you feel better, if you find it helpful, you may opt to have booster treatments. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture considered a treatment for clinical depression ?

Is acupuncture considered a treatment for clinical depression ?

Could be . . . : Published data do suggest that acupuncture -- including manual-, electrical-, and laser-based -- is a generally helpful, well-tolerated, and safe monotherapy for depression. Also, manual acupuncture can augment antidepressant therapy. There's less data about recurrence of depression after acupuncture treatment. Many of these studies come from china. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22762294. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how many acupunture sessions will i need before I am cured of depression & anxiety?

Can you tell me how many acupunture sessions will i need before I am cured of depression & anxiety?

Not sure: Hello. I treat patients with acupuncture for depression and anxiety. All of them also undergo -talking therapy. Some take psychotropic medications as well. For severe depression - i would look at it as an adjunct to treatment rather than as a cure. Since all of my patients get talking therapy (group or individual) i can't separate out how quickly the acupuncture works. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture a sham?

No: Acupuncture has been practiced for more than 3000 years. Now it enjoys a revival and is spreading out through many advanced economically and culturally countries.The existence of the acupuncture points and energy channels was scientifically proven- points and pathways with low electro-magnetic resistance. They create a complete functional network like the nervous system for example. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture effective?

Is acupuncture effective?

See below: See the cochrane collaborative. It lists the areas in which acupuncture is effective and where it is not. ...Read more

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How effective is acupuncture?

Very: I tell people that acupuncture isn't magic. It has been around since the second century bc in china. It's very helpful for pain, depression, anxiety, and morning sickness. It does seem to augment treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure. It also seems to help addictions such as stopping smoking and recreational drugs usage. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture really painful?

Is acupuncture really painful?

Rarely Painful: Acupuncture uses extremely thin needles and is rarely painful. Japanese styles of acupuncture tend to use even thinner needles, and are inserted more shallowly. Patients state sometimes, with extremely acute symptoms like a backache, back pain or neck pain, the needles may feel like a mosquito bite. ...Read more

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Why might acupuncture not work?

Why might acupuncture not work?

Acupuncture is not: likely to work if you are trying to use it to treat a condition that doesn't respond to acupuncture. Acupuncture is effective for many conditions but certainly for not all conditions. ...Read more

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What are some benefits of acupuncture?

What are some benefits of acupuncture?

There are many: I treat patients with acupuncture for many conditions. I use it for people with PTSD, anxiety disorder, depression, addictions, stress, insomnia and for many medical conditions - especially those associated with pain. Acupuncture often brings hope to people who have lost hope. ...Read more

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Is qigong more powerfull than acupuncture?

Is qigong more powerfull than acupuncture?

I believe that: The most powerful responses are possible with acupuncture major energy movement treatments. ...Read more

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Is it ok to forcely move while having acupuncture?

No: Trained acupuncturist are very careful with needle placement, but any unforeseen aggressive movement may place your internal organs at risk of puncture. ...Read more

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What are your opinions on acupuncture as a pain alternative?

What are your opinions on acupuncture as a pain alternative?

Good option: Acupuncture can be an excellent option in the treatment of many forms of pain. It is important to be evaluated by your physician to determine if your pain is due to a condition which requires other types of intervention (surgery/ med/ etc.) acupuncture can be an adjunctive or a stand alone treatment depending on the condition. ...Read more

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Are there common conditions that respond well to acupuncture?

Many: Low back pain neck pain sciatica tennis elbow knee pain periarthritis of the shoulder sprains facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders) headache dental pain tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction rheumatoid arthritis induction of labor correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation) morning sickness nausea and vomiting postoperative pain stroke. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more