Acupuncture for depression management has been introduced in these few years as an alternative treatment of depression. According to the Dr. Daniel Lee, a certified acupuncturist in California, acupuncture can reduce insomnia and anxiety as well as more energy and over all well-being. Because of this ability, the ancient technique has applied in many places over the nation to help those with depression problems.
Acupuncture itself has a long history of use as part of traditional medicine technique in China and Japan, for hundreds year. This traditional medicine technique involves the insertion of fine needles into different parts of the body. In its homeland, this method is believes can re-open the blocked-qi channels. Qi is the energy of every living thing and a blocked qi channel can cause imbalances in many of the body’s processes including disease development. The insertion of fine needles is intended to un-block the channels and restore the flow.
In recent applications, health practitioners believe that acupuncture can stimulates the nervous system to release certain chemicals in the brain, spinal cord, and muscles. This activity can trigger and stimulating the body natural healing abilities including reducing depression and other emotional conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, crying spells, worry, inability to concentrate.
Studies of acupuncture for depression
Studies that focus on acupuncture as a part of depression treatment have become a global interest. Many studies reveal that acupuncture for depression treatment is not only a placebo matter. According to acufinder.com, a study by researchers from the University of Arizona in Tucson reveal that using acupuncture alone could be an effective treatment for relieving depression symptoms.
While these results are promising and the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has approved acupuncture as a treatment for depression, further research and clinical trials with larger samples are deemed necessary to endorse this new hope.