Depression is a common mental health problem that affects people of all genders, ages, and backgrounds. It is estimated that two thirds of adults will at some point experience depression severe enough to interfere with their normal activities.
Women are twice as likely as men to become depressed partly due to hormonal changes associated with menstruation, menopause, pregnancy or post-partum.
Depression causes symptoms such as low mood, loss of interest in enjoyable activities, anxiety, irritability, low self-esteem, disturbed sleep, altered appetite, weight fluctuation, tiredness, lack of motivation, concentration or libido, physical pain, and suicidal thoughts.
Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemicals. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, promoting physical and emotional wellbeing.
Studies demonstrate that acupuncture can have a positive effect on depression by altering the brain’s mood, increasing production of chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins.
Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the part of the brain which is responsible for anxiety and worry.
Acupuncture can be safely combined with conventional medical treatments such as anti-depressants, helping to reduce their side effects and enhance their beneficial effects.
Acupuncture treatment can also help to improve physical symptoms such as chronic pain which is a common contributory factor of depression. In addition to offering acupuncture Additionally, acupuncturists may offer dietary/ lifestyle advice that can be beneficial in counteracting depression. It is may also be extremely beneficial tin itself for a patient struggling with depression to see a supportive therapist on a regular basis.
Anxiety: Before I came to Natalie for acupuncture, I suffered with anxiety the whole of my adult life. It affected every part of my life, even to the point where I had to stop driving because of it. After a few sessions, I noticed I felt much less anxious and stressed...now I hardly notice it at all. It has changed my life.
Facial enhancement acupuncture: I came to Natalie for facial acupuncture as I had read great good things about it. I wanted to do something about the lines around my eyes and above my top lip but I didn't want to resort to surgery. The lines on my face have definitely improved and I am really pleased with the results. My friends keep telling me that I look really healthy!
Migraines: I have suffered from migraines for about 7 years. They come on suddenly and I just have to go to bed for 2 days when it happens. I was desperate for something to help and my friend suggested acupuncture as she had been to Natalie before. After a few weeks the migraines were less frequent and less severe. Now I haven't had a migraine for about a year.
Fertility: I am convinced that coming to Natalie for acupuncture helped us conceive. We had had 3 failed IVF cycles and then I started coming to Natalie for acupuncture and reflexology before my 4th attempt and that was the one that worked! It helped enormously with my stress levels during pregnancy too.