Depression is a common mental disorder that presents with depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or poor appetite, low energy, and poor concentration, etc. These problems can become chronic or recurrent and lead to substantial impairments in an individual's ability to take care of his or her everyday responsibilities. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide, a tragic fatality associated with the loss of about 850 000 thousand lives every year. The western antidepressant is one of the major treatments, represented by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), but still not satisfactory as great deal of unresponsive patients, undesirable side effects and delayed onsets.
Acupuncture can be a very effective alternative to treat depression, anxiety, stress-induced fatigue and emotions swings resulting in long-term benefits. Since the early eighties, studies around the globe have suggested that treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients. Acupuncture treating depression has the benefits included to improve the efficacy, quick onset and reduce the side-effects.
Based on my own PhD research, acupuncture combined with antidepressant could quick launch the clinical effect, particular the emotion, sleeping, body anxiety and total scales, even from the first week of treatment. It could last the clinical responses till the last week of study (Acupuncture in Medicine 2014, http://aim.bmj.com/content/32/4/308).