Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health problems in America and other parts of the world. More than 16 million Americans have depression and around eight million of those also have an anxiety disorder. Social circumstances, such as pressure at work or school, competitive atmosphere, financial problems, divorce, or the death of a loved one, can all trigger the onset of depression.
The Inflammation/Depression Link
It is no secret that inflammation can have a causative role in depression, as inflammatory cytokines can induce anxious and depressive behaviors. People with severe inflammation in their bodies due to chronic health conditions are also more likely to develop depression.
Acupuncture Reduces Inflammation and Anxiety
Experienced therapists in Encinitas, CA would agree that acupuncture might ease anxiety and depression by influencing hormones and reducing inflammation. Scientists know that stimulating the vagus nerve reduces inflammation so they tested whether electroacupuncture, a form of acupuncture that sends a tiny electric current through the nerves, could help. They found that it worked by activating anti-inflammatory molecules. This is why acupuncture has reduced lung inflammation in asthma patients and why it reduces pain in post-operative patients.
Regular sessions of acupuncture can reduce inflammation in the prefrontal cortex of the brain and can act like an anti-depressant. In fact, when tested against an anti-depressant for six weeks in a group of human volunteers, it worked faster at alleviating symptoms of depression than the drug did. Among the patients who resolved their depression, more people who used acupuncture showed a great improvement. The study was a good example of how recovery is possible without pharmaceuticals.
Acupuncture indeed offers many health benefits. If you’re considering undergoing treatment, you must book an initial consultation with a qualified professional.