Depression is one of the true “silent killers” in our world today, with an estimated 350 million people worldwide suffering from moderate to severe depression. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) suggests that nearly 7% of the American population suffers from depression – that’s over 16 million Americans!
Unfortunately, traditional medical science is not well-suited for treating depression. All too often, those suffering from depression are simply handed “feel good” pills, in hopes of making the symptoms go away. Not only does that not address the more underlying issues, but it can often result in the patient getting hooked on their pills!
However, acupuncture treatment in Santa Rosa offers an alternative and drug-free approach to improving the body’s holistic health and lessening the causes of depression. Better yet, recent studies have suggested that acupuncture is at least as effective as many of the popular types of pills!
Why People with Depression Should Consider Acupuncture Treatment in Santa Rosa
As reported in Scientific American, a recent study was conducted where a series of patients suffering from depression were given either acupuncture treatment or treatments of the drug fluoxetine (Prozac).
Over the course of the study, the acupuncture patients didn’t just perform as well as those being given fluoxetine – they performed better! The acupuncture results showed several benefits over drug-based therapy:
- Faster recovery: The acupuncture patients started showing results within two weeks, more quickly than the drug patients.
- Better (subjective) improvements: It is difficult to measure levels of depression precisely, but the acupuncture patients seemed to respond more favorably to their treatments.
- No side effects: Anti-depression medication is known for its side effects, particularly in regards to inhibiting sexual function. The acupuncture patients had no such side effects.
- No withdrawal: Anti-depression medication quickly becomes mentally addictive and ceasing its use can be difficult. Again, acupuncture does not have this problem.
In short, there truly is strong evidence that acupuncture treatment in Santa Rosa can help depression! If you suffer from depression, please contact Acupuncture Mama to schedule a consultation.