A growing number of people are seeking alternatives to antidepressant medications. Acupuncture is gaining recognition as an effective alternative. In fact, according to a recent article in Scientific America, employing acupuncture for depression treatment could be a promising option. Nearly everyone experiences some level of sadness at some point in their lives. But when sadness lasts for longer than a couple of days or weeks, it’s oftentimes clinical depression.
Serving Arlington Heights, Mt Prospect, Rolling Meadows and surrounding suburbs since 1981 First Health’s Center for Integrative Medicine is proud to offer our patients Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) including using acupuncture for depression. Our Arlington Heights acupuncture clinic is led by author, researcher, professor Yu Zhu, MD (China). Dr Zhu has more than 30 years clinical experience and over 27 years TCM teaching experience. In addition to depression she treats an array of conditions including general pain management. Anxiety and depression patients may also be interested in our on staff Arlington Heights Behavioral Therapist Katrina Christie, MEd, LCPC who has been counseling patients in need of depression treatment for over 18 years. Individually or working together you’ll discover your bout of depression can be effectively managed without the long-term use of prescription pain medications.
Depression Treatment: Acupuncture is a Safe Alternative to Medication
Depression is a treatable mental malady that affects people of all ages. Statistics show that more than 15 million adults aged 18 or older suffer from depression in the United States. Depression treatment typically involves an anti-depressant medication and/or psychotherapy. However, many people choose acupuncture for depression management because they can no longer tolerate the side effects or are afraid of medication use. This is especially true for women who experience depression during pregnancy.
How Does Acupuncture for Depression Work?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), views the body as a complex system of energy channels, or meridians. TCM focuses on identifying disharmony and imbalance in these channels. This imbalance can disrupt normal body functions and lead to disease. An acupuncturist trained in TCM believes that depression is related to an imbalance of the heart and kidney.
The qi (pronounced chee), vital energy or life force, that travels through these meridians can become blocked or overstimulated. This can be the result of stress, internal emotions, environmental factors, poor lifestyle habits (diet, addiction, lack of exercise) or even during the rampant hormonal changes that can cause depression during pregnancy. When employing acupuncture for depression treatment, our Arlington Heights acupuncturist works to restore the balance and harmony to the qi. This creates a state of health and allows the body and mind to heal.
Since 1981, First Health Associates has provided the best integrative medical care in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs. Our Arlington Heights Acupuncture Clinic is conveniently located off I-90 near Golf and Arlington Heights Roads. First Health serves patients from Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Palatine and Des Plaines.
Dr. Yu Zhu, LAc, MD (China) is Director of our Arlington Heights Acupuncture Clinic
Arlington Heights acupuncturist Dr. Yu Zhu, director of First Health’s TCM and Acupuncture Clinic, has more than 30 years of experience helping patients seeking a natural depression treatment. Dr. Zhu’s expertise, wisdom and compassion are the hallmarks of her treatment that foster a caring and trusting relationship with her patients.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are effective in treating a variety of conditions. Arlington Heights acupuncturist Yu Zhu, LAc, MD(China) has made First Health’s Arlington Heights Acupuncture Clinic a top rated facility in the Chicagoland area. To find out more about acupuncture for depression and other conditions commonly treated with TCM, click here.
Meet Arlington Heights Acupuncturist Yu Zhu, LAc, MD(China) – Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Arlington Heights