• Anxiety and depression relief

  • Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental disorders worldwide. Acupuncture and other complementary therapies are now properly recognised as effective and safe treatments for anxiety, depression and other illnesses.

    There are a variety of causes of anxiety; all have different treatments. A person’s personality, behaviour or thinking style can make them more susceptible to anxiety, and research has shown it also can be hereditary. Further, biochemical imbalances in the brain have also been demonstrated to cause anxiety. Many people suffer some form of anxiety occasionally but others cannot easily manage the natural responses to stressful thought or situations. When such a person perceives even a moderately stressful or threatening scenario, their mind can over respond and manifest anxious thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated with clinical anxiety. 

    Symptoms can be as harmless as an ominous feeling in the pit of the stomach, however some people suffer undesirable physiological and behavioural responses such as an irregular heartbeat, very negative thoughts, emotional fear - sometimes panic, uncharacteristic aggression or restlessness and obsessive-compulsiveness.

    Your practitioner will focus on acupuncture points around the heart, kidney, spleen and ear in the treatment of anxiety, while developing an overall plan that considers the health treatment of you as a whole person.

    It is estimated that one in five people will experience clinical depression at least once in their lifetime. Although it is natural to feel sad and down at times, especially after experiencing loss, these slight effects can be managed with gradual lifestyle adjustments. However, clinical depression is described as a long-lasting and intense emotional, physical and cognitive state that greatly impacts on day-to-day life. 

    The causes of depression are known to be similar to the causes of anxiety. It is traditionally treated with antidepressant medication, psychological methods or a combination of both. Symptoms usually include a loss of positive associations and sense of achievement, a lack of interest in normally pleasurable activities, negative thoughts (often worrying about the future), irritability, agitation and exhaustion, hopelessness and changes in sleeping patterns.

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) describes depression as a problem with the distribution and flow of the circulating vital force ‘Qi’ (‘Chee’) around the body. The most common acupuncture treatment for depression is known as The Four Gates. This involves stimulating source points on both hands between the thumb and index finger and both feet between the big toe and second toe.