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‘Tis the Season for Stress: Acupuncture to Treat the Holiday Blues

by Hena Shomali, L.Ac.

Depression is a serious condition that can affect both the mind and body during the stressful holiday season. Gift buying, family gatherings, cooking and parties can add additional strain when someone is already experiencing the challenges of infertility. Acupuncture can assist with promoting relaxation, soothing anxiety and treating many of the physical symptoms that can be concurrent with anxiety and depression.

Acupuncture treatments which are done in the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) style take into account both the physical conditions and emotional symptoms that are affecting a patient. The treatment of the mind and body together is especially helpful for depression and anxiety, since each acupuncture session is designed to take both of these into account. People are often attracted to acupuncture as a treatment when they begin to realize the connections between their physical and emotional well being.

When you are experiencing unhealthy levels of stress around the holidays, it can be challenging to find ways to relax. Acupuncture can serve as a natural, safe treatment for the holiday blues on its own, or as a supplement to medical interventions for depression and anxiety. During your treatment session, the practitioner may add an electric pulse to assist with relaxation or rotate the needles to stimulate the flow of energy. Improvements in mood may be experienced immediately following your first acupuncture session or may begin to take affect gradually over a period of a few weeks with consistent treatments.

Many people are beginning to embrace acupuncture as an acceptable therapy for depression during the holidays and during other times when stress may be prevalent in their lives. To book an acupuncture appointment this holiday season, please contact Pulling Down the Moon at 312-321-0004 (Chicago Area) or 301-610-7755 (DC Metro) or book online at