Two studies caught our eye this week – the first, published in the
American Journal of Public Health, showed that the use of prescription
painkillers (think oxycodone) in the United States has increased 415%
in women and 265% in men. The second was a large study that found acupuncture
treatment was more effective than standard care (medication alone) and
standard care + counseling for the treatment of depression where pain
was present. With levels of depression rising - one American in ten taking
an anti-depressant, when you look at women between the ages of 40 and
50 the rates is one in four – we may be heading into an epidemic
of drug use if we do not explore alternative approaches.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a mind/body medicine system that
views conditions of the mind and emotions no differently than conditions
like pain or headache. In all cases, TCM seeks to address the root cause
of the condition a person is experiencing. The core TCM techniques –
acupuncture, Chinese herbs and lifestyle recommendations – have
been shown to be effective in alleviating depression, reducing anxiety
and even improving cognitive function. Holistic therapy for anxiety and
depression can be used in conjunction with anti-depressant and other medications.
Acupuncture treatment does not need to replace your current treatment.
What acupuncture can do is help your body learn to relax when you cannot
make it relax, improve your ability to get a good night of rest and bring
you back to a state of wholeness. Furthermore, MRI studies have shown
that acupuncture treatment directly stimulates parts of the brain engaged
in promoting wellbeing and sense of self. It has also been shown to generate
new neurons in the adult brain, improve recovery following brain injury
and stroke and even help with autism and Alzheimer's Disease.
If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, acupuncture with
a skilled professional can help with the root causes of this condition.
For more information about services available for depression and anxiety
at Pulling Down the Moon please contact us at