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Anxiety and depression are the two most common mood disorders and are often treated with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. However, many patients do not respond to these traditional interventions well and explore alternative treatment options, such as acupuncture, as a result.

Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) healing technique that has gained popularity in the Western world. According to TCM, depression, anxiety, and other health issues signify unbalanced and blocked life energy or qi. Acupuncture stimulates specific energy blockage areas to restore the natural flow of energy essential for overall health and wellness.

If you’re tired of the side effects of depression and anxiety medication and wish to alleviate your symptoms holistically, here are seven reasons why acupuncture may be the treatment you’re looking for.

It’s Effective
A meta-analysis of research studies on the efficacy of acupuncture on depression showed that acupuncture is a highly effective treatment for depression and can be just as beneficial as commonly prescribed antidepressants.

It’s An Alternative To Synthetic Medication
Unlike most prescribed medications for anxiety and depression, acupuncture is a holistic treatment with no adverse side effects.

It Triggers Endorphin-Release
Several studies have shown that acupuncture needles trigger the release of brain chemicals when inserted into the skin. They stimulate local sensory nerves, which lead to the release of many of our body’s natural pain killers, such as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine.

It’s A Good Treatment Alternative For Pregnant Women
Did you know that about ten to fifteen percent of women experience depression during pregnancy? While most antidepressants are considered relatively safe, our understanding of their effects on a developing fetus is far from complete. Acupuncture is a safe alternative for pregnant women who do not want to take medication for their depression.

It Is Anti-Inflammatory
Recent studies have shown a strong link between chronic inflammation and depression, especially in treatment-resistant patients. Acupuncture is incredibly effective in reducing inflammation throughout the body and has been used to treat many inflammatory diseases for over a thousand years.

It Is Relaxing
While it may be difficult to imagine, having dozens of hair-thin needles stuck in your body is actually a very relaxing experience. Most patients even fall asleep during their sessions!

It Treats More Than The Symptoms
Rather than treating specific symptoms like most Western medications, acupuncture aims to put your whole body back into balance. It is also highly customizable. A skilled and licensed acupuncture practitioner would work with you to create an individualized treatment plan and mediate your specific experience of depression.

Whether you’re experiencing depression and anxiety or simply want to improve your overall well-being, Goss Chiropractic can provide the care you need. Our licensed chiropractors are here to help you devise a treatment plan specialized to you and your concerns. Call our Kitchener chiropractic clinic today to schedule your free consultation!