Can Acupuncture Help with Depression and Burnout?


Can Acupuncture Help with Depression and Burnout? Exploring the Evidence

Depression and burnout are common mental health concerns affecting millions of people worldwide.

While conventional treatments such as psychotherapy and medication are effective for many individuals, some people may not respond well to these approaches or may experience unwanted side effects.

In recent years, acupuncture has gained attention as an alternative therapy that may help alleviate symptoms of depression and burnout. But how effective is it? 

Western and Eastern Views of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body.

According to the traditional Chinese method, acupuncture helps balance the flow of energy (or qi) in the body, promoting healing and well-being.

In Western medicine, however, we use the scientific method to explain the physiological changes that occur in the body.

It has been found that acupuncture stimulates the release of natural painkillers, reduce inflammation, and regulates the activity of certain brain chemicals, among other mechanisms. 

Acupuncture for Depression and Burnout

Studies suggest that acupuncture is a useful adjunct treatment for depression and burnout. A systematic review published in the Journal of Affective Disorders in 2018 found that acupuncture was associated with a significant reduction in depressive symptoms compared to a control group.

Another systematic review published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research in 2017 reported that acupuncture was effective for reducing burnout in healthcare professionals.

Acupuncture has few or no side effects. Medications, on the other hand, can cause drowsiness, weight gain, and sexual dysfunction, among other issues.

Overall, acupuncture is a more holistic approach to treating depression and burnout. It addresses not only the symptoms, but also the underlying imbalances in the body that contribute to them.

We always recommend looking at this treatment plan along with a consultant, so it partners well with any other therapy or mental wellness programs you are a part of.

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