Wearied, tired, sad, and not able to sleep because your thoughts won’t leave you alone….
Times have been tough and many are noticing signs of depression; low energy, irritability, insomnia, changes in appetite and digestion, difficulty concentrating, and poor moods. We are all familiar with the symptoms of depression or anxiety, but for some the feelings become persistent, severe and start to interfere with our daily lives.
Reports show that the rates of depression have tripled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Traditional treatments often include a combination of behavioral therapy and medication. While some find relief with anti-depressant medications, for many (up to 34%) medications either do not work, or the side effects become intolerable. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are effective in treating mood disorders like depression and anxiety, either alone or in conjunction with traditional treatments. Studies shown that acupuncture done over a period of 6-8 weeks has been shown to significantly improve depressive symptoms, and that acupuncture was found to have similar effects when compared to antidepressant drugs.
Chinese medicine recognized the interconnectedness of our mind, body, and spirit. Imbalances in the body that may have developed recently, or may be constitutional and developed over a lifetime, can be triggered by our environment. And certainly, the times we are experiencing now, as we manage the disruptions, grief and fear the pandemic brought into our lives, can be that trigger bringing us out of balance, leading to more symptoms of depression and anxiety. In our treatment and care of those we work with, we aim to get to the root of these imbalances through Chinese medicine tools like acupuncture, herbs, dietary therapy and lifestyle recommendations.
If you are looking for an effective, holistic approach to reduce symptoms of depression or anxiety, feel free to reach out to us. Acupuncture can be effective for many emotional issues. We look forward to helping you reach feel better and find your vitality once again.