Dr. Hui (Grace) Gao LAc., TCMD
I agree with you. Your daughter is too young to be on med. I believe acupuncture and oriental medicine can offer some nature ways to treat depression.
Please don't hesitate to seek an acupuncturist and start treatment soon.
Emotional problems are probably my favorite things to treat because acupuncture works so incredibly well. There are also herbal formulas that can assist, but honestly, I rarely have to add those into the mix because the acupuncture does so well.
As with most issues, it will take a series of treatments to help your daughter, and she may find that she needs to go back periodically for "tune ups." But stick with it and be patient. It's really worth it in the end.
As an aside, you may want to find a good psychologist or counselor (they don't prescribe drugs like psychiatrists) for her to see at the same time. If this has come on recently, it may have an experiential cause that she needs help working through, and the talk therapy should give her tools to use throughout her life to help her get through other difficult times.
Hope this helps!
Alan Schroepfer, LAc
It is possible acupuncture can aid, is the simple answer, and could be worth trying. Be sure to discuss all additional treatments with the doctor prescribing medications, not a mid-level such as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Never stop prescribed medications “cold turkey” as this can be dangerous. I would not recommend any herbs since she is on medications. Recommend having her vitamin D level checked. Finally, counseling and behavioral therapies can in some cases work as well as prescriptions, and it seems they work best together in Western medicine research. Exercise relieves symptoms, as simple as walking regularly, and yoga/meditation can help. Sleep hygiene and restorative sleep (non-medicated, but for melatonin) are a foundation of treatment for depression. You cannot get better if you are not sleeping. Also crucial is having a safe person or place that she trusts in times of need and doubt.
Again communicate clearly and be transparent with all involved in her care. (This is not a substitution for your provider’s medical care and guidance.)
Dr. Maryam Mansouri, Lac. OMD.
John Holt, LAc., DiplOM
Thanks for your inquiry!
Acupuncture does help depression and symptoms and signs related to it, naturally.
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Acupuncture can certainly help with depression. There are acupuncture points that can help improve serotonin uptake to help with improved mood. Other points regulate the vagus nerve, which enhances the relaxation response in the body. I think it's important to also do counseling in addition to acupuncture; they work great together.
Hope this was helpful and I wish the best for your daughter.
It depends on how severe her depression is. Acupuncture does help, but like any other medicine, it has its limits. A 19-year-old should benefit from acupuncture, BUT you should talk with your primary caregiver to know all details about your child's condition and then consider whether acupuncture is something that you want to try.
Acupuncture, especially when combined with Chinese herbs, is very effective in addressing depression along with accompanying symptoms such as migraines, fatigue, weight issues, thyroid disorders, and bowel movement problems, to name a few. It is also very effective not just in addressing the depression directly, but also the underlying root of the cause of depression. I hope this answers your question.
Have a great day.
Rene Ng (DOM, AP)
It may be helpful if your daughter sees a Worsley Style 5-Element Acupuncturist because emotional issues is their specialty. They may also be called "Classical 5-Element" practitioners.
If you cannot find a 5E practitioner, you can still have her treated by a Licensed Acupuncturist, just research a few in your area and find one who is comfortable treating her and one who will respect the medications and it's monitoring.
For the best results, make sure you're seeing a board certified and state licensed acupuncturist.