Depression is a common disorder in America.
Acupuncture is very effective in depression treatment. The mechanism is, at least, it could activate more endomorphine-1, beta endorphin, encephalin, serotonin and dopamine in brain. Endorphin and serotonin are substances which maintained good mood, as well as physical condition. Dopamine is a basis of desire. These mechanism are also the basis of analgesia, sedation, anti-anxiety and recovery of motor function by acupuncture.
Acupuncture treating depression has a very long history. The scientific study has started since 1960s. There are many clinical trials in China, and many publications. However, in western countries, there are very few studies in this area.
In our clinic, there are 1/3 patients in depression / anxiety.
Acupuncture, as well as individualized herbal tea play a good role in the treatment. Many patients recovered and re-start their happy life.
The treatment course is around 2 month. Some patients may need about half year. The effectiveness is long-term, not just a temporary effect.