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).
Anxiety is one of the most common mental conditions. When not proper treated, anxiety can be aggravated to more serious and complicated disease. Anxiety ranks in the top ten causes of disability worldwide and is the most prevalent psychiatric condition in the European Union (EU) with over 60 million people being affected by this condition. Anxiety disorders are a group of conditions such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorders, separation anxiety disorders, phobias, selective mutism, anxiety induced by substance use, anxiety associated with a medical condition, and generalized anxiety disorder Medication and psychotherapy are the two major conventional treatments for anxiety but the clinical efficacy are limited with high relapse rates and generate adverse side effects.
There are increasing clinical studies indicate acupuncture is an effective treatment for anxiety without adverse effects. Such as Amorim and colleagues (2018) summarised that ‘there is good scientific evidence encouraging acupuncture therapy to treat anxiety disorders as it yields effective outcomes, with fewer side effects than conventional treatment’ which based on their systematic review of the clinical research recently published. Another systematic review ‘Effects of Acupuncture on Anxiety in Infertile Women’ concluded that ‘According to the results of this systematic review, acupuncture is an effective technique in controlling the anxiety of infertile women.’
Based on my 30+ clinical experiences and my PhD studies, TJAcupuncutre clinic can provide sufficiently health care and treatment for anxiety disorders. The majority techniques include Scalp acupuncture, Abdominal acupuncture, electric acupuncture, alongside with traditional acupuncture. Sometimes Chinese herbal medicine could be added if necessary.
Dr TJ Wang has been a registered as the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist since 2016 (https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/)
Amorim, D, etc. (2018). Acupuncture and electroacupuncture for anxiety disorders: A systematic review of the clinical research. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 31; 31-37
Hassanzadeh, M, etc (2017). Effects of Acupuncture on Anxiety in Infertile Women: A System