Acupuncture for Depression

In recent decades, acupuncture has become remarkably popular in the US, with more than 10 million treatments given each year. 

Acupuncture is a sought-after relief for depression and anxiety, especially for those who haven't found success with traditional treatments. This technique helps transform feelings of hopelessness into renewed emotional balance and well-being, enabling you to regain your stride and 'get back on your field' with confidence.

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of whisper-thin needles into specific points on your body to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes can stimulate the body's natural healing abilities.

While this technique is most commonly associated with chronic pain relief due to its ability to boost the body's natural painkillers, it also supports mental health. Research has shown that acupuncture promotes the release of endorphins and other hormones that enhance our sense of well-being.

For a deeper understanding of what acupuncture is and how it works in general, click the link below.

Does Acupuncture Help with Depression and Anxiety?

While research continues to explore the depth of acupuncture's effectiveness, several studies offer encouraging findings. 

For instance, an 8-week study in the US involving 151 men and women revealed a significant reduction in depression symptoms among participants who received acupuncture compared to those who did not. 

Moreover, acupuncture has shown potential in reducing migraines, which is notable since individuals with severe headaches or migraines are three times more likely to suffer from depression. 

Pregnant women, about 10% of whom experience depression, are also turning to acupuncture. Many prefer it as a safer alternative to antidepressants when seeking treatment for depression, highlighting acupuncture's growing role in addressing mental health challenges with little to no side effects.

How Acupuncture for Depression Works

From a more Western perspective, acupuncture has been found to stimulate the nervous system, leading to the release of neurotransmitters and hormones, such as endorphins and serotonin.

These chemicals can boost mood, reduce stress, and improve overall well-being. This process also helps to regulate the stress response system, decreasing the body's production of stress hormones like cortisol.

What to Expect From a Session


Upon arriving at your nearest clinic, you'll be checked in by our Zen Advisor, who will help you with patient history forms and introduce you to the Modern Acupuncture method through a brief video. 


A licensed acupuncturist will discuss your wellness concerns and goals before administering a personalized treatment.

 As you relax for 20 to 30 minutes, therapeutic music and calming nature scenes enhance your experience, aiming for both physical relief and mental peace.


After the session, you'll receive a personalized treatment plan and answers to any questions in the lobby. 

A Zen Advisor will arrange your next visit based on your personalized treatment plan.

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At Modern Acupuncture, first-time patients can save up to 50% on their first acupuncture session! Finding lasting relief for the issues you've been experiencing for so long has never been more affordable and easier. Keep scrolling to find an acupuncture clinic near you!

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Can I use acupuncture alongside other treatments for depression and anxiety?

Definitely! Acupuncture can be a complementary part of your overall treatment strategy for depression and anxiety. It's important to maintain open communication with all your healthcare providers to ensure your treatments are coordinated and tailored to your needs. Many find that combining acupuncture with therapy, medication, or other holistic approaches like meditation enhances their well-being and symptom management.

Does acupuncture for depression and anxiety hurt?

You may feel a little sensation or tingle, but most patients don't feel anything at all and tend to fall asleep during their treatment.

How long does an acupuncture session last?

The total visit time is 30 minutes or less. Acupuncture treatments are 20 minutes. First-time patients need extra time to fill out patient forms.

Is insurance required?

Our sessions and membership plans are very affordable so insurance isn't required. HSA and FSA plans are accepted.

What should I wear?

Comfortable, loose clothing is recommended to provide easy adjustment if needed for acupuncture treatment areas.

Do I need an appointment?

Appointments are highly encouraged to secure a preferred time. Check the clinic nearest you for walk-in availability.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects after treatment are uncommon, with most people leaving our clinics feeling deeply relaxed.

Some patients may experience mild disorientation, which typically resolves with a brief rest. We recommend eating a small meal before the session to prevent feelings of dizziness or tiredness afterward.

As a patient, what can I do to make my treatment more effective?

To make your treatment as effective as possible, consider these tips:

  • Complete patient forms online before your appointment to save time.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing to allow your licensed acupuncturist easy access to acupuncture points.
  • Arrive at least 5 minutes early to settle in, choose your tea, and silence your phone.
  • Openly share your wellness concerns and goals with your acupuncturist.
  • Relax during your session; it's perfectly fine to fall asleep!
  • Take your acupuncturist's lifestyle advice seriously and incorporate it into your daily routine.
  • Remember, acupuncture benefits are cumulative and optimal results require time and consistency!

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