Depression is a mood disorder characterized by both physical and psychological symptoms which can affect daily life. With repeated stress and little time to recover, our bodies can become chronically “stuck.” Over prolonged time, the adrenal glands can become fatigued which can cause a decrease in hormone production. Disruptions of these hormones can lead to symptoms of anxiety, depression, sleep problems, weight gain, chronic pain, among many others. A growing number of people are seeking alternative solutions to antidepressant medications. Acupuncture can produce the same effect as prescription drugs, but with virtually no side effects. Acupuncture is about finding equilibrium and can help regulate the body’s chemical balance naturally.
Symptoms of depression can present themselves as feelings of sadness, anxiety or even helplessness. Others may feel a lost of interest in activities they enjoy, changes in appetite or lack of energy. They may even feel physical aches and pains or attempts or thoughts of suicide.
Acupuncture at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation
Acupuncture is a safe and effective drug free method to dealing with depression. This modality has been used in China for thousands of years, but has only recently become mainstream in the United States as more western people experience the technique’s effectiveness.
From a western perspective, acupuncture works by stimulating the nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain. The glands located there are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins (natural pain-killing hormones). The chemicals released not only relax the whole body, but they may also regulate serotonin in the brain.
The New Jersey Certified Acupuncturists at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation are trained in and practice the Chinese tradition. Contact our facility to learn more about how depression symptoms can be alleviated with acupuncture