Depression and Anxiety
Many patients with chronic headaches usually experience depression and anxiety. Depression is a mental condition wherein a person feels down, discouraged, hopeless or unmotivated. Meanwhile, anxiety is felt when one feels constant fear and overwhelming worries, heart palpitations and panicky feelings. While these conditions are different, these often occur together.
Treatment for these mental conditions includes antidepressant medications, psychotherapy or a combination of both. Lifestyle changes, exercise and stress-reduction techniques can also help. On the other hand, treatment relating acupuncture and depression anxiety are increasingly becoming popular among patients who are looking for alternative cure for these two conditions.
Based on Chinese beliefs, depression and anxiety are caused by blocked pathways of energy in the body. Treatment with acupuncture by inserting needles on acupuncture points in the body would then correct the blockages and help alleviate or improve the symptoms of the two conditions. To date, many studies have already been made to prove that acupuncture treatment for anxiety and depression is effective, longer-lasting and effects faster than antidepressants.*