Anxiety and depression are so common, affecting millions of people.
Maybe you’ve been given a diagnosis of “depression” or “anxiety” and handed a prescription for a medication without any further explanation. Maybe you feel a sense of dread or panic without knowing why. Or you can’t silence the negative thoughts which put you on edge. Or you feel like you’re constantly in go-mode and can’t relax. These are so common. You are not alone.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. And we can help.
Depression and anxiety are symptoms, a sign that something is off balance or ill in the body that needs to be remedied.
The question to ask is WHY. Why are you feeling this way? Why is your body creating symptoms that manifest as anxiety or depression? And what can we do to rectify that root cause and bring you back into balance and feeling like yourself again?
Depression and anxiety are often due to the impact of inflammation, nutritional factors, a disrupted microbiome, or unrelenting stress.
With acupuncture and basic lifestyle interventions, we can facilitate your body’s powerful self-healing mechanisms.
Acupuncture has been proven to affect the central nervous system, to stimulate the functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system that gets you out of "stress" mode, and to reduce inflammation and cortisol levels. All of these things make acupuncture incredibly effective at treating anxiety and depression.
You do not have to choose between taking a holistic approach to mental health OR a western medical approach.... they can work beautifully together. We support your choices and goals and are happy to work in conjunction with your doctor. You can often benefit from acupuncture even while on medication, and we can work to help support you to feel your best.
Acupuncture gets at the root to relieve the cause and the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
It’s been used for thousands of years to treat anxiety and depression naturally, without the use of drugs or side-effects.
Why does acupuncture work so well for anxiety and depression? Acupuncture is proven to reduce inflammation, which research is showing is a contributing factor in depression. It has an antidepressant-like effect thought to be due to anti-inflammatory mediators in the brain regions. Acupuncture is proven to reduce stress and restore the HPA axis. Acupuncture releases the body’s “feel good” hormones (endorphins) while slowing the body’s production of stress hormones, to foster a state of relaxation and tranquility.
Benefits of acupuncture for anxiety & depression:
- Calms the nervous system
- Releases endorphins
- Promotes relaxation
- Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system
- Balances the HPA axis
- Reduced inflammation
- Quiets the mind
- Improves mood
- Improves sleep
- Supports energy levels