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Does acupuncture help with depression?

I've been suffering from depression for about a year and half. Unofficially diagnosed and I haven't done much to really treat it. This started because of my divorce, and on my most days, I can barely leave my house. Can acupuncture help me?

27 Answers

Acupuncture can help you feel better. We can't kill your ex or find you a replacement... that's outside the scope of our practice. (hope you enjoyed my humor...) But I have seen miraculous changes working with depressed patients... especially if they are not medicated already.
Yes. I am very sorry to hear about your divorce. I promise this too shall pass, but acupuncture can really support your through this time. You don't have to do it alone.
Absolutely, yes. Acupuncture is highly effective in treating emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD and much more. Find an acupuncturist who is skilled in the use of Dr. Tan's Balance Method Acupuncture to achieve the best results. You should feel immediate results with the first treatment, however will need at least 10 to 20 acupuncture treatments to stabilize the condition. Hope this helps. Mari
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It depends how severe the depression is. Before deciding in favor of acupuncture, one should visit a medical doctor to access the severity of condition. In severe cases, IMHO medications work much faster, and when symptoms more or less subside, then one should proceed to acupuncture to prevent further regression.
Absolutely, acupuncture can help you with this issue.
Yes. Acupuncture can help to settle the mind and spirit which often get uprooted when there's emotional upset due to things like divorce. Acupuncture also helps to smooth out energetic patterns of disharmony in the body that can contribute to or be at the root of depression. Patients report feeling a greater sense of well being and being more at peace with their life after acupuncture, even though their life circumstances have not changed.

Be well,

Larissa Stewart, LAC
Yes, it does. Because it can improve sleep quality and reduce anxiety.

Yes! Acupuncture can be very effective in reducing the severity of depression given alone or in conjunction with medication. The experience of acupuncture is, for most people, quite pleasant and relaxing, which can help with depression.
Yes, Acupuncture can help you with depression. Acupuncture treatment for depression is very effective when done properly.

Be well, be confident, we can help.
Thank you for your question! I can’t say enough about acupuncture and its effect on a person's emotional wellness. Clinically, I have seen so many people get re-inspired, more energy, better sleep (waking up feeling more rested), and their overall health improving. Acupuncture is safe, non-invasive, and has been around for thousands of years. I highly recommend you
give it a try!
Yes, it can. Acupuncture naturally increases serotonin and dopamine levels, causing you to feel happier and more at ease.
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Yes, acupuncture does help depression but talk to your acupuncturist too.
Yes without a doubt. Highly recommend it.
Yes, it certainly can. This is something I treat often and with great success.
Yes, acupuncture can help you.
Yes, acupuncture along with orthomolecular supplementation can address mood disorders.
Yes, acupuncture can help you.
Yes, I personally think it is better than Rx. However, you need a series of treatment. Starting with six visits, twice a week and let me know how you feel, please.
Yes, acupuncture can treat emotional health such as depression.
Absolutely. The key in this case (I believe), is to recognize that you are also grieving. No matter what happened between you two, there has ultimately been a loss. With loss comes grief, and with grief comes depression, anger, confusion, and every other emotion in the spectrum. In Chinese theories, it takes a fully year to fully mourn a loss; going through every day, every holiday, every birthday without that person. When it takes longer, it means you're stuck. Acupuncture can help you to move through your grieving and through this process, you'll find you will no longer be ruled by your emotions.

I would also recommend therapy if you haven't already started. Having an unbiased third person can help give you an honest reflection of why you feel this way. That honestly may hurt, but don't fear it, it leads to healing.
Anxiety and depression are probably my favorite things to treat because acupuncture works so well. You would probably also benefit from counseling to help you work through the divorce, but the acupuncture alone can help you get through this initial pain much more quickly and get you back into your life.

I hope you seek out a practitioner near you and start feeling better soon!
Acupuncture can help and if you find a practitioner who is good with emotional issues and can help you work through your life's path it can be very rewarding for you. Go find someone in your area who is good with emotions, make sure they are a Licensed Acupuncturist, not an MD or DC who "also does acupuncture." If you can find a Five-Element practitioner that might even be a bit better. Let them work on you a few times and if you don't feel comfortable or feel they're not helping, feel free to go find another practitioner - some are better than others and everyone needs to find a practitioner they click with well. It might also be helpful to just go find a counselor and talk about your situation and experiences. You can do both, many patients I have also have a counselor. Do what you can to help yourself get through this, L.Ac's are interested in your self care and self worth, so start as soon as you can.

Good luck.
Yes, acupuncture can help a lot of emotional problems including depression. Your acupuncture doctor may use acupuncture, ear acupuncture and/or herbs for your condition based on the Chinese Medicine diagnosis.

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Acupuncture can be fairly effective in mild to moderate depression. Here's a link to a study showing acupuncture is at least as effective as a typical antidepressant:

Be prepared to give acupuncture 3-5 treatments and please ensure you're seeing a state licensed acupuncturist. To find someone in your area, assuming you're not in California, you can start at and go to their 'Find a Practitioner' page.