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Anxiety and depression are more common today than they were 20 years ago. There are many reasons for this, but one of the major reasons is the pace of change in our society.
What Does The Research Say?
The NCBI claims in a clinical evaluation and research, that anxiety and depression are among the most difficult mental problems today. They believe that acupuncture is an excellent treatment to treat such disorders holistically.
In western medicine, it is widely understood that talking therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy are effective treatments. However, the question is, what if anxiety and depression disorders occur due to biological factors (chemical or hormonal, etc), rather than psychological ones?
This is where a holistic approach makes more sense. An acupuncturist can diagnose this following Oriental Medicine, and create a customized treatment plan for every individual.
Lastly, it is the relief from the treatment that matters the most. Over the years of my clinical experience, I believe that combining two treatments has the most effective outcomes. But, acupuncture is a lone ranger when treating such conditions if the acupuncturists are well trained.
As in western medicine, Surgeons and General Practitioners are two different types of doctors. Similarly, choosing the right type of acupuncturist is the key to finding relief.
Below are some common questions relating to acupuncture treatment for anxiety and depression.
– Does acupuncture have any negative side effects?
Acupuncture has no negative side effects. Make sure that you go to a trained acupuncturist and ask them treatment-related questions first.
– Does Acupuncture treatment affect or interfere with regular medication?
No, acupuncture treatment does not affect your regular medication routine.
– Is Treatment for Anxiety and Depression the same in Acupuncture?
No. Each treatment is unique and is customized according to the patient’s condition.
To conclude, the treatments used in acupuncture can directly treat anxiety and depression. After treatments, patients are often given a routine to follow at home, which may adjust nutrition, diet, and lifestyle patterns. However, this varies from one patient to another.
About The Writer:
Selman Ijaz O.M.D (Oriental Medical Doctor) is an Acupuncture Doctor with clinics in London (UK) and Islamabad, Pakistan. He also organizes seminars for Doctors in both countries to help them add Eastern Medicine to their medical profile.
He specializes in Anxiety/Depression Disorders, as well as Parkinson’s Disease.