Anxiety and Depression
Mental health issues can leave a person feeling isolated and adrift. Fortunately, there are a number of therapies that might offer some relief.
Here at Newtown Acupuncture Centre, we regularly see how anxiety and depression can effect peoples health. For some people, anxiety and depression is consuming and hard to recover from, while for others it is bought on temporarily by stressors or fatigue. Wherever you are at in your journey, let us know, so we can better understand how to help you. Sometimes reaching out for support, and being willing to get help is the first step towards a solution.
Do I need a referral from my GP or a specialist?
No, you can self refer to acupuncture. You can also use acupuncture alongside conventional medications prescribed by your doctor, or alongside counselling or therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
What if I am anxious about needles?
It's very normal to have some anxiety about acupuncture, and most people are a little scared initially. If the anxiety around the needles persists, and the benefits are not outweighing the anxiety the needles trigger, talk to your practitioner about other treatment options like acupressure or massage.
Head, scalp, face and neck massage may also be added to the acupuncture treatment to help you relax.
Where appropriate, we also recommend a number of Chinese herbal formula's that can be used to support mental and physical health.
How long before I will see effects?
Every person is unique, however we usually recommend 6-10 treatments over an 8 week period in order to observe consistent changes in a persons mood and physical symptoms and make further recommendations from there. Acupuncture can also be used as a one off treatment as needed.
Natural Herbal Formula Support Available
Additional Reading & Research
Acupuncture for Depression: The Mechanism underlying It's Therapeutic Effect
Acupuncture for Depression- Cochrane
Herbal Medicine for Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia
Traditional Chinese Medicine as a Basis for Treating Psychiatric Disorders: A Review of Theory with Illustrative Cases
Acupuncture for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Systematic Review
Chinese Herbal Medicine for Postpartum Depression: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5059536/