Traditional Chinese Medicine and Mental Illness
Depression affects over 121 million people worldwide and can be debilitating for those experiencing it. Prolonged feelings of sadness, discouragement and hopelessness greatly affect the quality of life. Almost everyone will experience depression at some point in their lives. When you are balanced, physically and emotionally, it is easier to bounce back.
The Journal of Affective Disorders published meta-analysis of 207 clinical studies in 2010 that found that acupuncture was comparable to antidepressants alone in improving clinical response and alleviating symptom severity of Major Depressive Disorder. Also, the adverse reactions of acupuncture treatments was significantly lower than that of antidepressants.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) incorporate thousands of years of experience in treating depression. It can alleviate signs and symptoms of depression and also address the root causes and underlying imbalances that have contributed to the problem, safely and naturally. Acupuncturists are aware of the powerful interplay between our body and emotions, and that the two are inseparable. When we experience emotional upset, our physiological state may become disrupted. Likewise, when we experience physical problems, our emotions can become greatly affected.