Signs of Depression
Clinical depression is not something you feel for a day or two before feeling better. In true depressive illnesses, the symptoms last weeks, months, or sometimes years if you don’t seek treatment. If you are depressed, you are often unable to perform daily activities. You may not care enough to get out of bed or get dressed, much less work, do errands, or socialize.
Adults: You may be said to be suffering from a major depressive episode if you have a depressed mood for at least two weeks and have at least five of the following clinical symptoms:
Acupuncture for Depression Treatment
Acupuncture is a centuries (if not millennia) old practice of Oriental medicine. It is truly an art form and an incredible way to heal just about everything that ails you. There is research going on into the effectiveness of acupuncture on depressed patients as a way to augment or replace chemical therapies.
As with other types of acupuncture treatments, acupuncture depression treatment rebalances the life forces in the body using ancient Oriental medical techniques. These types of therapies have been employed in eastern medicine for many, many years so it is a wonder they took so long to find their way to the west.
Acupuncture depression treatment addresses the many problems that come along with depression and works to eliminate the symptoms of depression as well as the illness itself. Many depressed people suffer from chronic pain, fatigue, insomnia, mood disorders and emotional upheaval; acupuncture depression treatment treats all of these problems at the same time as treating the overall depression.
Understanding Acupuncture Depression Treatment
The treatment works because it releases endorphins in to the central nervous system which are ‘feel good’ hormones which increase energy and rebalance the emotional imbalances that lead to mental imbalances which result in depression. It kick starts the process of realigning the mental processes and begins a positive cycle to combat the negative, depressive cycle.
Initially, acupuncture depression treatment is not enough to treat depression on its own, it is a catalyst. It helps other treatments take hold easily and work better on the depression. Eventually, you are able to decrease any medication or other therapy and use acupuncture as your primary depression treatment.
The premise on which acupuncture and depression treatment works is to bring about a balance in energy flow with no disruptions or blockages and to bring about a harmonious relationship between the mind, body, intellect, and environment.
Depression, according to Oriental Medicine and acupuncture, is a representation of blocked energy or imbalance between the yin and yang poles of energy. This is something which is made used of in acupuncture and depression treatment.
Imbalance in the yin and yang energy can manifest in different forms and by examining the physical body, posture, gait, texture of the skin, vision, voice, tongue, pulse etc., an astute and well-experienced acupuncturist will be able to make an accurate assessment of the problem and extent of depression.
Energy that is blocked at a particular point will result in depriving a certain organ or channel of energy thereby starving it of the vital force. By releasing energy that is blocked, these organs or channels will be flush with fresh energy and will no longer be deficient of energy.
Patients often describe the acupuncture and depression treatment experience as coming out of deep meditation. The precise acupuncture treatment for depression could include a history and physical examination, followed by vital statistics, and acupuncture treatment. Patient is generally requested to lie on his or her stomach followed by a brief acupuncture session to key points on the back.
Acupuncture and depression treatment involves releasing the blocked energies that are stagnating at certain points and depriving other channels and organs from the free flowing life force. Balancing the energy and brining about harmony within the body by accessing the energy channels with the help of needles is the treatment modality employed by acupuncture in treating depression.