Why Try Acupuncture for Poor Mood and Low Energy?
Acupuncture Helps Ease Mild to Moderate Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.).
How Acupuncture Helps Depression
Acupuncture works under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and looks at and treats Depression differently than Western Medicine does. Acupuncture is good at helping patients with mild to moderate depression.
What is the Science behind How Acupuncture Helps Pain and Depression?-
Acupuncture decreases pain by inciting the body to release specific endorphins which relieve pain, acupuncture increases Qi and blood (circulation) to the affected area and decreases inflammation in the body (inflammation causes pain and chronic inflammation causes disease).
Acupuncture helps with depression by:
- Acupuncture releases endorphins (feel-good hormones)
- Acupuncture increases circulation
- Acupuncture lowers inflammation
Research on Acupuncture for Depression:
In 2010 The Journal of Affective Disorders published on 207 clinical studies on the effectiveness of acupuncture treating depressive disorders. The efficacy of acupuncture was found to be comparable to antidepressants alone in the improvement of clinical response and with alleviating symptom severity of Major Depressive Disorder.
Adverse reactions to acupuncture treatment was also significantly lower than that of antidepressants!
What YOU Can do for Depression:
Have Your Doctor Check Your Labs for:
- Get Your Vitamin D3 level screened in Labs!!
- Get Your Thyroid screened
- Get Your Vitamin B level screened
- Get Your Iron level screened
- Support Group
- Exercise (30 minutes daily)
- Sleep (bad sleep may increase risk of Dementia)
(Think of vitamin “D” as the “D” in “DEPRESSION)!!
90% of us- Especially in the northern area of MN, where we do not get enough sun for enough vitamin D…I tell my patients that even if they were to lie outside in the sun naked all day long, they would still not get enough vitamin D without supplementing during the winter!
You can buy your vitamin d here, too.
–Ask your doctor to check your blood level in your labs for vitamin d deficiency every year when you get your annual physical.
Thyroid/ Iron/ B vitamin Deficiency…
Low thyroid level, Iron or deficient B vitamin can cause fatigue and low mood. Ask your doctor to check this if you feel low mood and energy.
Get a support group of friends, family and care providers you can trust to have your best interest in mind.
We do not have to go it alone.
Many 0f us keep trying to do everything ourselves without asking for help. This does not work. Reach out to your peeps.
We are social creatures.
Breathe. Take your time. Try not to change too many major things in life at once when you are feeling overwhelmed.
Sleep. Be sure to get enough. Ramifications of not enough sleep over a long period of time can really affect your health in a negative way. Sleep is when the plaque that causes dementia is cleaned from our brain. I think of it as Pacman going in to keep us healthy. Get some sleep!
Exercise every day. 20-30 minutes, especially in nature can do wonders for the body and mind.
Low Impact Exercises:
- Brisk Walking
- Restorative Yoga
- Chi Gong (Qi gong)
Chi gong (Qi gong) is a form of Tai Chi (Tai Qi), under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Did You Know that YIN YOGA is great for Your Joints?
Meditate Daily. Carve out a Special time and Place every day for this to help get out of Fight or Flight…
Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Ease Depression and other Dis-ease! (read on to start your Meditation journey)…
Start your Mindfulness Meditation Journey to help heal Your Body and Mind.
Does Your Depression include Anxiety?
Acupuncture is also good at treating Anxiety.
TCM Acupuncture Treats More than Your Symptoms
TCM acupuncture works to find out the root cause of disease and dis-ease in order to treat and relieve the pain or issue and help prevent it from returning. Acupuncture helps your body to balance itself and remain in balance.
Western Medicine often only treats the branch of the disease, leaving the root to further disease. Shining a dull leaf will not resolve the problem long-term if there is disease within the root.
Another words, TCM treats more than just the symptoms, it also treats the cause.
Thanks for Reading!
Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc
Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.
She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.
Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!
Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!
Feel Better, Move Forward
Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street just off Highway 10 with free lots, ramps and street parking.
This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.
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