Depression is a mental illness that affects millions of people worldwide. The causes of which, can be many and varying. Some common symptoms include feeling sad, a loss of interest in general activities and an overall negative perspective on life. Some people also complain of feeling lethargic and struggling to concentrate at work and at home. It is estimated that approximately one in five of us will experience clinical depression at least once in our lifetime.
Although many medications and clinical treatments for depression are available, for some people these are unsuccessful in helping them in their fight against depression. As a result, an increasing number of individuals are seeking alternative solutions to antidepressant medication. Over the last decade, we have seen an increase in the number of people turning to acupuncture in their battle against depression.
Today, new research suggests that acupuncture is a promising option. From a TCM perspective depression is thought to be a problem with circulating Qi around the body. In acupuncture, the key organ responsible for circulating this Qi is the liver. The heart and spleen organs also play supporting roles. The most frequent acupuncture points used to increase the flow of Qi in treating depression are known as “The Four Gates”. This involves stimulating the source points Li4 by inserting needles on both hands between the thumb and index and stimulating the source points on both feet between the big toe and second toe, otherwise referred to as LIV 3. Together, these acupuncture points work to circulate the flow of qi and blood throughout the body. They help to open all the meridians.
Whilst studies have found that acupuncture can be as effective as antidepressants, it is also thought that acupuncture may also help treat the medications' side effects. Depression affects men and women from all walks of life. At Dublin Acupuncture Rooms we understand the impact this can have you. We are here to listen and through the art of acupuncture help you in your fight against depression.
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