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Seattle Acupuncture – Depression

It seems these days that more and more people are struggling with depression. And, at the same time, many people are looking for alternative ways to help them deal with their depression without using medications. Acupuncture is a great avenue for relieving symptoms of depression.  The reason why is because acupuncture works very closely with the nervous system and clients generally leave any treatment feeling calmer, more grounded, and more at peace. This relief happens for all clients without even specifically aiming towards relieving depression related symptoms, so imagine the possibilities when the treatments are designed for you! In Chinese medicine depression is related to the liver and much of what we do during a depression relieving treatment is to use liver related acupuncture points. The liver meridian, when not functioning well, will tend towards stagnation which is how we diagnose depression – Liver Qi Stagnation. Liver points are combined with balancing, grounding and moving points since the liver Qi has to be moved in order to relieve people’s symptoms. Think of how you feel when you are under a tremendous amount of stress, typically we tighten our bodies as a way of surviving this moment in time. This overall body tension is the same idea with Liver Qi Stagnation and the way it causes issues in other parts of our system. By loosening the muscles and creating natural movement within us, our body and mind no longer feel stuck and burdened.

Another way I create movement to relieve depression symptoms is through running cupping. This is equivalent to a deep tissue massage but the idea is essentially the same – to loosen up tension and help the body and nervous system relax. Typically I combine cupping and acupuncture into one session to help speed up the effectiveness of an acupuncture treatment.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression schedule an acupuncture appointment today, and experience the relief it can bring instantly. Or schedule online for a free 30 min consultation to learn more about how acupuncture can benefit you.

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