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Can Acupuncture Improve Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression?

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“Your mind, emotions, and body are instruments, and the way you align and tune them determines how well you play life.” – Harbhajan Singh Yogi

As we turn the calendar to May, Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s focus on the importance of mental health. Anxiety and depression are at all-time highs, and the NIH reports that ” more than one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (57.8 million in 2021). Mental illnesses include many different conditions that vary in degree of severity, ranging from mild to moderate to severe.” That’s a staggering statistic. 

Anxiety and depression are linked with chronic pain and can be debilitating. According to the CDC, an estimated 20.9% of U.S. adults experience chronic pain. Anxiety and depression are often treated with prescription drugs like SSRIs and SNRIs with uncomfortable side effects like feeling agitated, shaky, or anxious, indigestion and stomach aches, diarrhea, constipation, appetite changes, poor sleep, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, low libido and more. 

Did you know acupuncture and herbal medicine can be powerful therapies for improving chronic pain, anxiety, and depression? Clinical studies show that acupuncture effectively manages psychological disorders caused by chronic pain. Five-element acupuncture treats the root causes of chronic pain and the often accompanying anxiety and depression without the harsh side effects of pharmaceuticals by promoting healing to the pain site, balancing hormones, reducing stress, and more. 

If you’re suffering from chronic pain and subsequent anxiety and depression-like symptoms, please book your appointment with us, and let’s treat the root causes.

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