Life Getting You Down? Fight Depression The Healthy Way.

In today’s society the normal treatment for Depression is by means of pharmaceuticals. While Doctors tell you that they are completely safe, have you ever read in retail the warnings and side affects on the label of that bottle? In Reality the pills your Doctor gave you seem to add more problems to your list that you just didn’t know you had yet. Instead of being misled into thinking you need certain medications, why not try the natural approach to a Depression free life? The only side-effect to Acupuncture is that it works!  

According to the Western medical model, clinical depression is based on experiencing at least five of the following symptoms for a two-week period, or longer:

Depressed mood for a majority of the day

Significant decrease in interest of previously pleasurable activities,

Significant weight gain or weight loss that was unintended,

Insomnia: inability to sleep or excessive desire to sleep,

Fatigue or loss of energy: including feelings of being worthless (includes feelings of excessive guilt),

Psycho-motor agitation or retardation (pacing, wringing one’s hands, etc.),

Diminished ability to think or concentrate,

Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of death,or attempted suicide.

These symptoms are treated with your basic, popular prescription medications known as Anti-Depressants. The active ingredient in these prescriptions is Serotonin. Which is a chemical responsible for making the nerves in the body and the brain communicate. The common Anti-Depressants that would be described to you would most likely be one of the following: Fluoxetine (Prozac), Paroxetine (Paxil), Sertraline (Zoloft), Citalopram (Celexa), Estialapram (Lexapro) and Fluvoxamine (Luvox). While there are said to be benefits of the medications listed above, you really have to consider all of the side-effects that are not good for you that can follow. Symptoms include but are not limited to: Nausea, Insomnia, Anxiety, Restlessness, Decreased Sex Drive, Dizziness, Weight Gain, Tremors, Sweating, Sleepiness or Fatigue, Dry Mouth, Diarrhea, Constipation, etc. The list really could go on and on. Along with these side-effects with drawls are also something to watch out for. Prescription drugs are extremely addictive and can result in something as terrible as overdosing.

The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, written over 2300 years ago, discussed the etiology of depression. Mental or emotional problems such as depression, anxiety and insomnia are the result of an imbalance or blockage in one or more of the internal organs and their corresponding meridians (energy pathways).

Acupuncture is all about restoring the ‘Qi’  (pronounced ‘CHe’) which is the circulating life force whose existence and properties are the basis of much Chinese philosophy and medicine. In other words Acupuncture is the restoring of ones energetic flow.

The Association of Emotions and Organs: 

 

Deficient or excessive emotions will affect specific organs. This chart simplifies these relationships:

Emotion: Organs and meridians affected:

                        Anger                              Liver
                          Joy                             Heart
                        Worry                   Lungs and Spleen

excessive worry, obsessive thoughts

                          Spleen

                    Sadness                   Lungs and Heart
                       Fear                        Kidneys
                 Shock (Trauma)                  Kidneys and Heart

How Does Acupuncture Work For Depression?

The actual insertion of very fine needles into specific points on these meridians – can open these blocked pathways and allow Qi and blood to flow smoothly again. Most people report feeling incredibly relaxed after their needles have been inserted.

What About Chinese Herbs?

Chinese herbal formulas work in union with acupuncture to smooth or balance the health of the internal organs and pathways. True Chinese medicine views the foods we eat as an integral part of the healing process. Altering your diet to add and or increase beneficial foods while eliminating those that continue to injure, should be addressed for almost any imbalance.

When Will I Be Depression Free?

Acupuncture works most quickly and effectively when used early in the progression of a disease or symptoms. Long-term depression, including bipolar depression, may take regular treatments of 6-12 months, or more, before balance is restored. The earlier the problem is addressed, the speedier the recovery. Someone experiencing feelings of depression or anxiety for less than one year can usually expect a much quicker response.

Why waste your time with temporary solutions of prescription medications when you can come closer to a permanent fix for depression without all of those pills.

Acupuncture is the one way to heal your body from the inside out helping to re-balance your Qi. If you wanted to get addicted to something, get addicted to acupuncture. Its the safest and healthiest addiction you can have!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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