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  • Acupuncture in the Treatment of Neuroses and Depression

  • Can acupuncture cure depression? The answer is yes. Acupuncture is worth resorting to when other methods of fighting this disease have failed, when you are exposed to constant stress, or you are showing symptoms of neurotic disorders.

    If you suspect depressive behavior at home or close to you, there are no contraindications not to consult a oriental medicine doctor and ask about the possible benefits of treatment, especially since these have already been confirmed by a number of scientists, including allopathic medicine doctors .

    According to them, acupuncture has a very positive effect on well-being, calms and relaxes, and therefore can undoubtedly be considered one of the main, but alternative, methods of treating neurosis and depression.

    Depression is a mental illness, and if left untreated, it can turn into a more serious, even life-threatening, clinical depression. This disease can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender or social status; at present, due to its universality, it has already deserved the title of civilization.

  • Acupuncture and depression

    Depressed sufferers face:

    • insistent thoughts
    • lack of sleep
    • constant apathy
    • have anxiety and antisocial symptoms,
    • they become more irritable and nervous,
    • and the problems are added by increasing physical symptoms, also characteristic of neuroses, such as headaches, muscles and other internal organs, partial limb numbness, or sexual dysfunction.
  • Depressive-like symptoms may also occur with neurosis. Although the latter has its different faces - it stands out among others such varieties as: phobia (anxiety disorders), obsessions (persistent recurring, tormenting thoughts), neurasthenic neurosis (characterized by permanent fatigue and apathy), or vegetative neurosis (severe psychophysical disorders), sources of the disease so named often have the same subsoil.

    Similarly, although neurosis is often distinguished from depression, diagnostic procedures can sometimes be misleading, especially when the occurrence of one of these diseases does not exclude the other.

  • The similarity, and sometimes parallelism of the symptoms of these disorders determines the need for a thorough diagnosis, which in the case of Eastern medicine is defined by a holistic position. A comprehensive examination of the patient is an insight not only into the occurring symptoms, but points to their sources without downplaying even those that seemingly have no effect on the disease.

    Therefore, acupuncture therapy aims at specific symptoms of any disease without treating it as a specific condition, which is enough to get rid of, to which the modern current of medicine seems to pay no attention and assigns salutary effects to medicines "for everything".

    While Western medicine closer to us emphasizes the need for pharmacological treatment in the case of depression, as well as the sufficiency of psychiatric treatment in terms of neurosis, still seeking its place on the level of commonly accepted methods of treatment, acupuncture comes out with a kind of alternative, contrary to appearances combining both these methods - heals both body and spirit.

  • Acupuncture in the fight against depression scientifically proven!

    It is also worth emphasizing that, even with psychological or pharmaceutical treatment initiated earlier, it does not exclude them in any way, but rather constitutes an extremely effective complement in this case. Nevertheless, and on the basis of symptom reduction, it has been proven that self-conducted acupuncture therapy is as effective as the previously mentioned methods.

    The results of research on the effectiveness of acupuncture as a therapeutic method in the treatment of depression, which was announced by the National Institute of Health in the United States in 1998 confirmed a significant reduction of disease symptoms in patients who underwent this form of therapy.

    Another study started in 1999 and completed in 2001 at the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Guangzhou, China proved that when treating both depression and various types of neurosis, patients respond much better to this form of therapy than before antidepressants given to them. What's more, acupuncture, although one of the integration methods, turns out to be much safer than antidepressants and significantly reduces the risk of side effects.

  • Our body is "marked" by over 2,000 acupuncture points connected by 8 channels (meridians), ensuring energy flow (Qi) throughout the body. According to the National Institute of Health mentioned above, this energy is responsible for the balance of spiritual, physical and mental forces.

    Reaching into the sources of this theory, namely traditional Chinese medicine, when yin and yang, two opposing forces operate at an equivalent level, thus ensuring an equal flow of Qi through the meridians, which in turn allows the body to achieve and maintain optimal health.

    Point stimulation with needles is designed to stimulate energy conducting channels in our body and regulate its flow. Studies have shown that acupuncture is able to transform the chemical processes in the brain in a positive way by stimulating nerve impulses, thus triggering the natural processes of self-regulation of neurohormones and neurotransmitters.

    "The group of thirty-eight people who participated in the study were women with mild to moderate depression. They were treated with acupuncture, according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in each of them due to its characteristic set of symptoms. They attended sessions twice a week in the first month, and once a week in the second month of treatment, in total they underwent twelve sessions.

  • After completing acupuncture therapy, 70% of women noticed that half of their symptoms had disappeared; results comparable with the level of effectiveness of psychotherapy and drug use (Eisenberg et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 328, 1993)

    The results of the conducted research regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture turned out to be so promising that the World Health Organization officially gave it the status of therapy intended for the treatment of depression and neurosis, which can be complementary to pharmacological treatment and psychotherapy. One of the main arguments in favor of acupuncture is the safety of its use even in parallel clinical therapies.

    What's more, acupuncture therapy can additionally be supported by herbal treatment, which, due to their effectiveness and minimal risk of side effects, is increasingly being decided by more and more people - let's not forget that pharmacological anti-depression agents are raising more and more doubts.

    Therefore, when choosing a treatment method, before we realize the prescription, we try to keep sobriety of mind, consider all pros and cons, and thus prevent a situation when a "suffocated" drug will someday "explode" with doubled force, or on the path of its evolution will provide us with even more unpleasant experiences.

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