Karen had been taking Zoloft for three years, but was having trouble with its side effects. Serzone didn’t help, and Paxil (40 mg) only seemed to get her right back where she started – grateful to feel human again, but not at all happy with her excess sleep, weight gain, and loss of sexuality. Now she wondered if acupuncture could help her depression.
A western interpretation would be that the acupuncture points stimulate the central nervous system, releasing chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain, promoting the body’s natural healing abilities.
An NIH consensus panel of scientists, researchers, and practitioners in 1997 determined that acupuncture has been clinically proven to be effective for many different health problems including addiction, headaches, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, ADHD, pregnancy complications, and other diseases and conditions.
Depression Lifted with Acupuncture Treatments in Minneapolis
At Complete Oriental Medical Care licensed acupuncturist Steven Sonmore practices a more effective and longer lasting type of acupuncture called the Balance Method. He has found Balance Method acupuncture to have faster and more reliable results than Traditional Chinese acupuncture. This is done by inserting needles in only the arms from the elbows to the fingers, on the legs from the knees to the toes and on the scalp and ears, so there is no need to undress. There are fewer bad days and most people begin feeling better immediately. The treatments are very relaxing and calming and after treatments most people find themselves less stressed and more able to deal with depressive thoughts and feelings.
Prior to my acupuncture treatments I was depressed with no energy or zest for life. Within 5 weeks of treatments I now have the energy to run around Lake Harriet (3 miles) without the need to stop and catch my breath. I’ve noticed physical changes in my body such as no more swelling in my ankles. Most importantly I’m noticing the beauty around me and again appreciate life as the depression has left.”
Jenny Halloran – Minneapolis, MN
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