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Acupuncture Can Help Women with Depression

Aug 17, 2007
Women have a much harder time with depression symptoms than their male counterparts. Depression hits women for more reasons and during times when they cannot always do something about it. That includes when they are pregnant. A pregnant woman, whose hormones levels are going off in all directions, cannot take antidepressants. It could have a detrimental effect on the baby that is growing inside of them. Depression is something that way too many people fight daily. If there is another way to treat depression without the use of unending antidepressants, antipsychotics, and mood enhancers many people will choose that alternative. One alternative method presented to people for depression has been acupuncture.

There are many non-believers in the scientific and medical fields. They do not see how acupuncture can do anything to help those who suffer from depression. Studies are turning up with very different results. Studies have shown that since acupuncture in itself is a relaxing treatment it leads the way in alternative medicine in helping people deal with depression. One study showed sixty six percent of those women treated, after a routine of several weeks of acupuncture sessions, felt better and functioned better after treatment. Follow up visits showed that these women dealt better with their daily lives and the people in it.

Other studies were conducted specifically on women suffering from major depressive episodes. These studies showed that sixty four percent of them had relief from the symptoms with acupuncture instead of taking medication or counseling. These are very encouraging results for patients who are tired of using medication and are looking for an alternative. Many people look for a more natural method to try to ease their symptoms and help improve their ability to lead a more normalized existence. Many people have been surprised at what a good alternative acupuncture has turned out to be.

Depression is not just the day to day problem of a person suffering a chemical imbalance. It can also be a problem suffered by women who are pregnant. Many women who suffer from depression have children. Being pregnant with the rampant hormonal changes can cause a bout of depression for someone who normally does not suffer from this serious condition. Studies conducted on pregnant women showed almost the same results as the other study above. Sixty nine percent of the women responded to the treatment successfully. This was after only twelve sessions. The women in this study did not have a return of symptoms by as late as ten weeks after delivery. This means that women who suffer from depression during pregnancy have an alternative that was not open to them before. They can be treated with acupuncture and feel better without fearing any adverse effects on the health of their unborn child.
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Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Depression.
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