Xanax, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Norpramin, Lexapro, Ritalin... Do these names sound familiar to you? The list of depression and anxiety drugs goes on and on. Many times these drugs cause side effects, and have habit forming tendencies.
The Centers for Disease Control states that an estimated 1 in 10 adults suffers from Depression. The study also identified two groups that were most likely to feel depressed: persons 45-64 years of age, and women. It is the main cause of suicides, claiming over 30,000 lives in the U.S. each year. Common treatments include doctor prescribed medication and therapist intervention.
Recently, the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) has listed Acupuncture and a safe and effective alternative treatment. Acupuncture works by restoring the body's natural energy balance, and removing blockages that manifest as anxiety, fatigue, insomnia and depression. It aims to treat the root problem of the depression and anxiety, instead of prescribing medications to mask over the symptoms a person may experience.
The procedure activates the body's natural anti-depressants, dopamine and serotonin. During treatment, patients commonly feel very relaxed, calm, and blissful. This is the body's reaction to being brought back into a balanced energy state. The acupuncturist may often employ the use of aromatherapy with essential oils, and prescribe natural herbs to assist the patient feel relief more quickly.
Patients who are treated often notice improvements within one to two weeks time, as opposed to one to three months of exposure to anti-depressant drugs. They also report feeling energized and rejuvenated.
If you feel that you might be experiencing depression or anxiety, or if you are already receiving treatment for it, consider Acupuncture as an alternative treatment. There are no side effects and the procedures are safe, effective and affordable!
Health and Healing,
Ida I Mat Aris, L.Ac.