Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue

Acupuncture for Treating Depression

I learned the following at, a depression community, which was an interesting place you might want to check out. Regarding acupuncture:

Two randomized, controlled, clinical trials suggest that electroacupuncture may reduce symptoms of depression as effectively as amitryptiline, a tricyclic antidepressant medication. Electroacupuncture involves the application of a small electrical current through acupuncture needles. Other studies suggest that acupuncture may be effective for people with mild depression and for those with depression related to a chronic medical illness.

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes, I think that I may be guilty of grasping at straws. When I’m feeling Blue and don’t really have a great deal of enthusiasm for life or the day before me, I surf my mind and the web for ideas to help counter the problem. I have incorporated several ideas into my stew of healthy ingredients. Part of their effectiveness is the fact that they give me the assurance that I’m doing something about it. Instead of wallowing in my discomfort, I’m involved. And I think there is some benefit from action that doesn’t have anything to do with the positive (or neutral) impacts of the ingredients in my stew. I doubt that any of them has a negative impact – except for cost. But the doing and the action – that is cool. It gives me a sense of empowerment and overcomes any inertia that might have set in.
    Having said that, I am still always looking for a new ‘miracle cure’ even if I don’t really believe in such a thing. When it comes to electroacupuncture, I’m a believer insofar as pain relief is concerned. I had a painful condition in my right forearm caused by repetitive motion disorder. The repetition of my weightlifting had exacerbated some problem in the forearm. One session with electro-alphabet made all the difference! So, if it can impact one form of pain so effectively – why not another?
    If someone in BB gives this a try, it would be great to learn of the results.

  • Margaret Balyeat

    This is interesting. a month ago my primary care doc added a Chinese(and Chinese-trained) physician to her practice. She practices a combination of eastern and Western medicine and has proposed trying acupuncture to restore some use of my left am/hand. Unfortunately, she must be retrained and recertified by American standards before she can legally practice acupubcture and/or certain other Eastern practices in this country, so it will have to be down the road. she also mentioned trying cupping, a practice I’m less interested in exploring than acupuncture. but hey…if it could help,i’ll probably break down my aversion to the possibility of burns and give it a go as well once she’s “legal”

  • Ruth

    I use and own a electric acupuncture unit, a 10’s nerve stimulator unit and give & receive reflexology treatments. I have severe allergies ( food and other) in addition to a herinated disc and have had to change to a homepathic way of life. Going thru a 30 day detox from foods and chemicals that had leached into our water I became very,very depressed. I turned to my chiropractor for help and she worked on my with the acupuncture machine. Instant positive results.It will truly turn your frown upside down. Also getting reflexology treatments will help cure depression. If you will work (deeply message)the length of the back of the big toes you will find that this will also help. Tis ares holds the pitutary, pineal & hypothymus reflexes. My reflexologist told me that the liver controls the anger and depression of your brain. Hence, if you have got a lot of toxins in your body you will be depressed. I now take no man made perscriptions, I do not go to a medical doctor as they get irritated when they see all of my allergies, also my dics is healing with daily reflexology (the kind done with tools)and daily electronic acupuncture. Unblock your Chi and be happy.

  • Laura

    I tried acupuncture and medicinal herbs some years ago, and they did not work for me. I have to take prescribed medication as I am bipolar, and suffer from social anxiety. But that’s me. To anyone whom these other methods work, go for it. Just make sure that you are going to a licensed professional who is truly interested in you and not just dollar signs. See if insurance will help pick up part of the tab also. Good luck and may you all find peace and happiness beyond the “blue.”

  • Nancy

    Hey I beleive in trying anything once – twice if I like it but this one I am going to have to for go this idea for me because I really don’t like needles (can’t watch them taking blood) but thanks for the suggestion.
    Think I will stick with my carapractor for my headaches and back pain etc.
    God Bless
    Nancy aka sixlittlekittes

  • Carlos

    Acupuncture has worked wonders for a lot of people I know. It’s helped them stay more balanced and helps them relax.

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