Research Shows that Acupuncture can be Safely Combined with Conventional Treatments to Enhance Sustainable Results for Anxiety and Depression

Published on
September 16, 2021

It’s the unfortunate truth that mental health issues are on the rise in 2021, affecting all ages, genders, races, and backgrounds.

Mental health and specifically depression and anxiety matter now more than ever.

At Modern Acupuncture we believe that there is a link between stress and the experience of mental health issues such an anxiety and depression. One of the many benefits of acupuncture is to encourage your body’s naturally healing abilities to promote overall wellness and specifically help reduce anxiety and depression.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US, affecting 40 million adults. The average age of anxiety on-set in adults is 31 and the average age of on-set in children is 11.

Depression is equally debilitating, effecting over 18 million adults (one in ten) in any given year. Depression the primary reason why someone dies of suicide about every 12 minutes, over 41,000 people a year.

Anxiety and depression are clearly on the rise and negatively impacting the quality of life for all.

Communities and families that are aware of this, can have a hand in changing the outcome for some of those suffering.

Conventional treatments in western medicine often includes psychotherapy and/or medications. This combination of treatments does not always provide sustainable results. In fact, it has been reported that 50-60% of patients with these conditions do not respond to medications completely.

The goal of managing anxiety and depression is to create a series of treatment options that can all work together to help. In addition to a formal treatment plan from your doctor, adding acupuncture to your treatment strategy may help you find relief. There is a Link Between Stress and the Experience of Mental Health Issues such as Anxiety and Depression in both Teens and Adults.

The research shows that acupuncture can be safely combined with conventional treatments, such as psychotherapy and/or medication, possibly enhancing their beneficial effects and reducing unwanted side-effects.

Systemic reviews published in the Journal of Affective Disorders suggest that acupuncture increases the therapeutic efficacy of anti-depressants and was a proven safe add-on treatment to depression.

Even for patients that are seeing little or no progress, acupuncture can often be effective in treating anxiety and depression in people who are non-responders to conventional therapies.

According to the Acupuncture Evidence Project, published in 2017, it was determined that acupuncture is moderately effective in treating anxiety according to high level evidence. The largest of the studies reviewed, which included 120 randomized patients, found that acupuncture had a large effect on reducing anxiety and depression compared to conventional treatment involving pharmacological approaches and psychotherapy, with over twice the reduction in symptoms.

If you are like the many, suffering from anxiety and depression, you don’t have to live with the negative feelings, thoughts, or other symptoms. At Modern Acupuncture, we recommend that you talk with your doctor if you are feeling overwhelmed with either anxiety, depression or both. Finding the right treatment for you may take some time. Early treatment is the best way to manage both of these conditions and find treatments that are effective in the long-term.

We highly recommend adding regular acupuncture treatments to experience relief and long-term prevention from both anxiety and depression. Please speak with one of our highly trained licensed acupuncturists to find out how acupuncture and healthy lifestyle habits can improve your overall well-being in 2021.

“Experiencing my very first acupuncture treatment today was definitely a "WOW" moment for me! I was a little nervous at first, however the warm and professional staff eliminated all anxiety as they walked me through the process. The ambiance of The Zen Lounge was soothing as well as beautiful. After my treatment I felt relaxed and an internal calmness throughout my body. I highly recommend Modern Acupuncture to anyone who has physical pain or stress.”

-Carla (AZ)

Acupuncture Relieves Stress

Modern Acupuncture® is a natural stress relief solution and the leading provider of acupuncture in the U.S. The most studied theories show that acupuncture stimulates the body to release naturally produced “feel good” endorphins and stimulate the parasympathetic or “rest and digest” response in our body, alleviating symptoms associated with stress.

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