Depression & Anxiety

Depression and Anxiety are more common than you think. We can help.

We have worked with patients suffering from depression and anxiety over again in the years we’ve been in practice here in Portland, Maine. Over the years we have found that Acupuncture therapy can be extremely beneficial in the treatment of both anxiety and depression. Whether you choose to explore Alternative Medicine in conjunction with Western medicine and pharmaceuticals or on its own, you will feel well supported and embraced by our practice and our team.

Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with Western pharmaceuticals, or on its own

Depression

The estimates are that one in five people will experience clinical depression in their lives. It’s one of the most common mental health issue we face today.In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we say one cause of depression is stagnant Qi.

A British study from 2013 found that acupuncture was as good as therapy for depression. In the study, patients who used anti-depressants along with acupuncture improved more after three months than those who took just the anti-depressants.

Anxiety

People who want to want to reduce the symptoms of their mood disorders without the side-effects frequently associated with anti-anxiety medication or other drugs should consider acupuncture as an alternative.

In one study, published in the Journal of Endocrinology in March 2013, scientists found that stress hormones in rats were lowered after receiving electroacupuncture. Increased stress is one of the most common cited symptoms in people suffering from anxiety.