Judy Bowen-Jones

Depression affects two thirds of us at some point in life

Symptoms may include low mood, loss of motivation, anxiety, low self-esteem, sleep problems, appetite or weight changes, tiredness, loss of libido, physical pain or suicidal thoughts. Depression is believed to be due to a combination of genetic, environmental, physiological and psychological factors. Sometimes depression can be triggered by a combination of events. For example bereavement following close after a period of illness.

Depression is more common in women than men and may be associated with hormonal changes due to periods, the menopause, pregnancy or after childbirth.

Conventional treatment may involve medication, psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Talking therapies can be really helpful and you may find it beneficial to join a self-help group. Exercise is recommended.

Acupuncture for Depression

Acupuncture may help depression by:

  • Altering the brain’s mood chemistry, increasing production of serotonin
  • Producing other neurochemical messenger molecules which promote physical and emotional wellbeing
  • Affecting parts of the brain responsible for anxiety and worry
  • Reducing pain associated with other conditions which may contribute to depression

Acupuncture can be safely used alongside medicines such as anti-depressants, helping to reduce their side effects and enhancing their beneficial effects.

Treating Depression

“It is important to consider physical, emotional and environmental factors when treating skin problems like acne. We are looking to identify and treat the root cause of your acne and not just treat the symptoms. Each of your acupuncture treatments is tailored to help address your individual imbalances and health needs.

In Chinese Medical terminology, acne is due to an internal imbalance which results in accumulation of damp heat which affects the function of your internal organs and presents as damp, hot spots on the skin as your body tries to eliminate it. Any environmental factors which add damp or heat to the body, such as excessive dairy or sugary foods (damp) or spicy foods (heat) are likely to compound the problem. Stress and cigarette smoking also heat up the body, making acne worse. So making lifestyle changes can really help”.

Research Fact Sheets

For more information see the British Acupuncture Council Research Fact Sheet below.