Inflammation contributes to all sorts of diseases, mental and physical. It makes you to feel crappy when you are sick or have an injury. Chronic long term stress can lead to inflammation which may contribute to depression.
One of the most powerful aspects of acupuncture is its ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body.
Acupuncture, Depression, and Inflammation
Acupuncture works by correcting imbalances. Once the imbalance is removed, the body can work to help heal itself.
Acupuncture can help bring balance to both the mind and the body. Working on many levels, it can both help to reduce inflammation as well as calm the mind and ease anxiety and depression.
Clinical I treat depression and anxiety often. We approach each patient as an individual, giving a personalized diagnosis and treatment.
Some research now supports that acupuncture works to treat depression. One study, done through a Canadian-Chinese collaboration, showed that electroacupuncture helps to treat the clinical symptoms of depression and also to reduce the circulating levels of cytokines, which are inflammatory markers.
When to incorporate acupuncture for depression and anxiety?
Acupuncture is most useful for those with chronic anxiety and depression. It is very safe and there are very few side effects. It can be used with and enhance other therapies, like psychotherapy and psychiatry.
If you are in an emergency or crisis, you should contact your local mental heath clinic or call 1800-273-TALK.
If you are in the New York City area and are interested in learning more about acupuncture for anxiety and depression, please call us at 212-319-5757.