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Acupuncture For 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do you think acupuncture is a useful method of treatment in reduction of anxiety and chemical imbalances? Suffer from anxiety and depression. Take lexapro, so have gone the perscription and doctor route. I've experienced improvement, however i'm wonderin
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
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more
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