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How does acupuncture help in stress, anxiety and depression?

The daily life of stresses, if left unmanaged may lead to psychosomatic problems including emotional, psychological, and physical disorders. In Chinese medicine, any type of stress whether emotional, physical or climatic (weather changes) may cause disturbances in the flow of vital energy (called Qi) through the body. These disturbance affect the immune system and cause some physical symptoms such as pain, insomnia, indigestion, migraines (or headaches), menstrual irregularities or aggravation of already troublesome health conditions.
Chronic stress with a long duration may also affect the nervous system and cause the overproduction of unwanted bad hormones such as adrenaline, nor-adrenaline...etc. The bad hormones may lead to fatigue, depression, a weakened immune system, and a host of serious physical and psychological disorders.
What are the signs and symptoms of anxiety?
over-eating of junk food or heavy drinking or smoking
anxiety or panic attacks
Mood swinging and feeling of irritability
lethargy, weakness, headaches, stomach aches or pain or sometimes chest pain.
Feelings of depression and sadness
If the tress is not treated properly, it may cause physical illness and health deterioration. The acupuncture treatment in anxiety can release the energy blockages and help energy flow smoothly. The recent clinical studies have indicated that acupuncture is the best alternative treatment of stress and anxiety by improving and enhancing the blood circulation throughout the body. The sedative and analgesic effect of acupuncture may lower the heart rate (to normal level) as well as lowering the blood pressure.

Depression is a disorder featured by a combination of psychosomatic symptoms. A patient with depression may complain from bad sleeping patterns, sadness with crying, anxious, bad memory, lack of concentration, pain and aches with stomach disturbances and a lack of interest in activities previously enjoyed. In severe form of depression, patient may become helpless and hopeless and may end up in suicide.
What are the Western and Traditional Chinese acupuncture treatments of Depression?
Usually, the conventional treatment of depression may consist of psychotherapy and/or anti-depressant drugs regardless the types of depression. While in Traditional Chinese acupuncture, the treatment of depression aims to clear the specific symptoms by using different methods and techniques in acupuncture  in order to restore imbalances found in the body. The insertion of fine acupuncture needles along various points in the body will stimulate the body's flow of energy and functionality, known as Qi.Various clinical studies in acupuncture around the globe have indicated that treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients,
particularly when used in combination with psychotherapy and  autogenic relaxation techniques (relaxing yourself by yourself).
These clinical studies had indicated that using acupuncture alone could be as effective as other types of treatments for relieving depression symptoms typically used in Western medicine, such as psychotherapy and drugs. While these results are promising and the United Nations World Health Organization has approved acupuncture as a treatment for depression, further clinical trials with larger samples are deemed necessary to endorse this new hope for relief.
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