ACUPUNCTURE FOR ANXIETY & DEPRESSION IN GLASGOW
Depression affects ∼300 million people worldwide according to WHO. Anxiety and depression are two of the most common disorders in western society, both of which are much more prevalent in women. Anxiety often includes feelings of fear, apprehension, and can sometimes lead to panic attacks.
Depression, as a primary disturbance or secondary effect of anxiety disorder, manifests in feelings of emptiness, deep sadness or misery, loss of hope, and even thoughts of suicide.
To treat this conditions, medication may be an option, however some prescription drugs can have serious side effects and can lead to dependency.
How does it work?
Acupuncture can cause the nervous system to produce painkilling chemicals, jump-start the body’s natural ability to heal itself, or stimulate the part of the brain that controls emotions, including anxiety. All of these results, can help people feel more balanced and treat a variety of illnesses.
Chinese Medicine treatment of depression and anxiety, relies upon the diagnosis of each individual patient and on formulating use of a distinct group of acupuncture points unique to each individual, along with a strategy that may also include other recommendations such as lifestyle modifications.
Researchers at Georgetown University used lab studies to demonstrate that acupuncture slows the body’s production of stress hormones. Their findings were published in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of Endocrinology.
A study published online in October 2013 in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, students who underwent a 20-minute acupuncture session were found to have less anxiety and better memory immediately afterward than those who didn't have acupuncture.
Many people coming to the clinic seeking help, are already on medication or thinking about starting drug treatment. If you're already receiving treatment for anxiety, adding acupuncture to your current regimen may help. If you are already on medication, you shouldn't stop taking it without your GPs or health practitioner consent. This is a matter your should discuss with them before making any decisions on your own.