Neuropuncture for Anxiety and Depression - A Case Study

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30% of all the people you saw today at work, school, on the bus, walking down the street, on television, and in a magazine are struggling with their mental health, whether it be anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar, schizophrenia, or PTSD. May 7th-13th is mental health week, and what better than to share a case study of a patient I’ve been working with, a young man who I will refer to as “Ryan”.

Ryan came to me a couple of months ago with anxiety, depression, stress, terrible insomnia, and chronic fatigue. He had been suffering for over 8 years with all of these conditions. While prescription sleeping medication and antidepressants helped to an extent, Ryan knew they were creating undesirable side effects in his body and was wanting a more natural and holistic approach to his health.

We began a series of acupuncture treatments at two times per week. I employed a special technique of acupuncture called “neuropuncture” designed to stimulate the central nervous system to produce certain neuropeptides such as dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, noradrenaline, NOS, ACTH, and melatonin (all crucial for mood stabilization). These treatments are also believed to increase the brain’s response to prescription medication to make pharmaceuticals more effective for the individual.

Immediately after the treatments, Ryan remarked how calm and peaceful he would feel for the rest of the day. With continuing treatments, these feelings would persist for longer amounts of time. Although with many mental health concerns, there are good days and bad. When Ryan’s mood dipped into one of his familiar low’s, he reported that it didn’t feel as intense as these episodes had been in the past, and lasted days as opposed to weeks or months.

Regular acupuncture treatments along with lifestyle, supplement, and dietary advice gave Ryan the tools he needed to feel optimistic and more in control of his mental health. There is no one pill or magic cure for happiness, but finding the right tools and techniques that work for you as an individual can make an enormous difference on dealing with stress, balancing life’s highs and lows, and feeling empowered about your mental health.

Throughout the years I’ve definitely noticed more of an openness towards the discussion of mental health and a normalization of these once taboo topics. However, I also recognize we still have a lot more work to do. Make it a point this week to start a conversation and inspire others to talk and explore treatment options they may not have known were available.

If you or anyone you know are struggling with mental health concerns, please don’t hesitate to call Acubalance at 604-678-8600 to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation to see how acupuncture can benefit you.

Read more about neuropuncture and anxiety here.