Acupuncture, combined with Chinese herbs can be a very effective alternative for treating mild to moderate depression, anxiety, and the stresses of everyday life we face in this day and age. If your one of the eight million affected with some sort of depression or “the blues” consider the approach of Acupuncture and Chinese herbs as one of your alternatives.
Western Approach vs Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach
Western drug therapy has flourished with the current depression epidemic. The most common used drugs such as Effexor, Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin and others work by increasing the availability of the brains chemical messengers, these are neuro transmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine. But all of these medications have potential serious side effects and must be taken on a regular basis to be effective. Also should you decide to stop they shouldn’t be stopped abruptly.
The goal of Traditional Chinese Medicine is to define the underlying patterns or “root” causes that lead to depression. Many depressed individuals have Liver energetic dis-harmonies. In Chinese Medicine the Liver is associated with feelings of anger and frustration; prolonged feelings of this nature can cause this energetic to become stuck or stagnant. This pattern that causes depression is called “Liver Qi Stagnation”. Acupuncture and herbal therapy are very effective for treating this pattern.
Give Acupuncture Alternatives a call for an appointment if you have been feeling down, depressed, or blue and want to give Traditional Chinese Medicine a chance to help you feel better – 480-671-5178.