Winter can be a real struggle for so many people; the excitement of Christmas seems short lived once the cold dark days of January come around. We all eagerly look forward to spring and the natural surge of energy and vitality that comes with it!
For many patients, their symptoms of depression are harder to deal with in winter and may be exacerbated by Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. SAD is characterised by low mood, cravings for sweet foods and constant tiredness and is triggered by the lack of light and warmth at this time of year.
There are of course many other triggers for depression, such as grief, job issues, physical and emotional traumas, chronic pain and long term health conditions. The common element in all of these is stress; there is emotional and physical stress to your system.
Each person is unique in their experience of stress and depression which is why acupuncture is so effective at providing relief! At your first appointment I listen to your health story, taking into account your medical history, lifestyle, diet and personal symptoms. I then use acupuncture to support your system in managing stress and bringing relief from depression.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the way in which your symptoms of stress are expressed relate to different organs, systems and elements. For example, the Metal element is associated with grief and can affect the lungs – this may manifest as breathing problems and asthma. If your stress and depression is linked with unresolved anger and stubbornness about letting go of past traumas then the element of Wood, seated in your liver is affected.
Because acupuncture embraces and utilises the clear connections between mind, body and physical symptoms, we are able to make deep seated and lasting changes to your wellbeing and transform the way you manage stress and depression.
How does Acupuncture work for Depression & Stress?
The precise positioning of acupuncture needles has been shown to stimulate the nervous system and increase production of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Certain neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine are responsible for your mood balance, concentration and feelings of satisfaction and happiness. By stimulating these chemicals, acupuncture can lift your mood, reduce anxiety and worry and enhance feelings of calm and relaxation.
Anti-depressant medications & Acupuncture
It is completely safe to have acupuncture sessions whilst on anti-depressant medications – there are no contraindications and I will take into account any medicines you are taking.
Research carried out in China has in fact shown how acupuncture can potentiate the effects of anti-depressant drugs. A randomised controlled study comparing the effects of drugs versus drugs taken alongside acupuncture treatments showed significant increases in the quality of life and improvements in psychological symptoms of the participants taking medications and acupuncture together!
Are you overwhelmed by stress?
Does your energy, concentration and mood drop during winter months?
Would you like to feel calm, happy and balanced?
If you live in York, call Tiziana TODAY on 07788 633292 or email at email@example.com and discover how acupuncture can free YOU from depression and stress.
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